Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Friday, March 24, 2017

Juveniles Charged with Threatening Violence on School Grounds

Arrested: 14-year-old juvenile

Charge: Threatening violence on school grounds (m)

Arrested: 14-year-old juvenile

Charge: Threatening violence on school grounds (m)

At 7:30 am Boise Police responded to a Boise Public School about reported threats against the school via social media. Officers contacted the students suspected of making the threats and their parents.  Officers found evidence that the students had made threats against the school, the students say they did not intend on carrying them out.  No weapons of any kind were found at the school.  The two students suspected of making the threats were booked into the Ada County Juvenile Detention Center.  There is no indication that anyone else was involved in the threats and officers do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the school.


(1) (a) Any person, including a student, who willfully threatens on school grounds by word or act to use a firearm or other deadly or dangerous weapon to do violence to any other person on school grounds is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b)  The threats prohibited by this section encompass only those statements or acts where the speaker or actor intends to communicate a serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals. The prosecution is not required to prove that the defendant actually intended to carry out the threat.

(2)  Definitions. As used in this section:

(a)  "Deadly or dangerous weapon" means a weapon, device, instrument, material or substance that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury;

(b)  "On school grounds" means in, or on the property of, a public or private elementary or secondary school.


[18-3302I, added 2006, ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 936; am. 2015, ch. 303, sec. 3, p. 1194.]