The Sierra Vista Police Department referred a sixth-grade student at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School for disruption of an educational facility after several students reported seeing a threat on Snapchat late this morning.
Four students reported to the school principal that they had seen another student post a threat on Snapchat. In that post, the student claimed to be planning to pull a fire alarm and then start shooting up the school. The student was quickly identified and removed from class while the school was placed on lockdown.
SVPD was notified and secured the school. No weapon was found. Once it was determined there was no threat, the school returned to normal business shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Every school in the Sierra Vista Unified School District is ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) certified. ALICE is a training program provided to staff and students to help them stay as safe as possible during an active shooter event.
“The school followed the ALICE training to the letter, which helped quickly contain the situation and bring it to a rapid resolution,” says Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, SVPD public information officer and a certified ALICE instructor. “We’re fortunate today’s incident only involved a threat and we appreciate the immediate response from staff and students to ensure everyone stayed safe.”