14-year-old arrested in connection with threat that closed Renton’s Hazen High School

(Photo: Rentonschools.us)

(Photo: Rentonschools.us)

RENTON, Wash. — A 14-year-old Hazen High student surrendered to police Thursday night in connection with an internet threat that forced the closure of the school Thursday.

The boy turned himself into police at about 6 p.m. Thursday, police said.  He was released to his parents but police said he will be charged for investigation of felony harassment.

“The investigation indicated that the threatening post was intended as a prank, and no actual act of violence was planned.  The student’s motivation is unknown at this time,” Renton Police said in a news release.

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday night, Renton officers were notified of an Instagram post threatening to shoot a specific Hazen student and also implying that others might be a target as well.

Police said detectives identified the suspect with the cooperation of social media companies and by interviewing students who were connected to online activity.

Renton Police Commander Jeff Eddy said, “We take threats like this very seriously and we made solving this case our first priority.  If anyone believes they can make anonymous threats like this without getting caught, this should serve as a warning that it isn’t so.”