Teen’s hoax brings criminal charges and lock-up
On the same day as the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in December, 2012, a 17-year-old girl in Prescott, Arizona called the police to report a gunman “on a rampage” and on his way to her high school “to do some damage.” She stated that he was coming from a certain area where another school was located resulting in an immediate lockdown of both schools.
Continuing investigation led to inconsistencies in her story. The unnamed girl finally admitted that she made up the story but didn’t say why. She was taken into custody and turned over to the juvenile authorities. She is charged with committing a hoax, which is a class four felony in Arizona. The relevant part of Arizona’s hoax law reads as follows: