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14-year-old arrested for University Place school threats

Curtis Junior High. Photo: University Place School District

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday for threats he allegedly made to University Place schools over social media.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department officials said the boy from Curtis Junior High School threatened to bomb or injure students in the district. He acted alone, they said.

On Thursday, the University Place School District told parents it was working with police to investigate threats made on social media. The schools remained open Friday.

An Instagram post mentioned Narrows View Intermediate, Drum Intermediate and the Curtis schools, threatening to “shoot up the school tomorrow” and saying “everyone is going to die.”

The post also had racist comments and made reference to the Ku Klux Klan.