WILLCOX — A threat made through an internet game toward a Willcox school spurred international investigators as well as Willcox authorities to action.
According to a press release by the Willcox Department of Public Safety, Willcox Police was contacted by Interpol through the Cochise County Terrorism Liaison Officer on Monday morning. Through this chain of communication, city officials were informed of a threat made against a local school.
In an updated release made by the Willcox School District and the Willcox Department of Public Safety, it was stated that the threats were vague and initially believed to be a hoax. Willcox High School was contacted and additional law enforcement resources were deployed to the area as an added precaution. The school administration was contacted and was told it was not necessary to lock down the school.
Through the efforts of the Willcox Police Department, Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as Interpol, the person of interest was identified and, at this point, no charges have been filed.
“We identified the person who made the threat, and he is being interviewed as we speak,” said Willcox Director of Public Safety Chief Dale Hadfield.
Hadfield told the Range News that the individual of interest is a juvenile and is from the Sierra Vista area.
“Chief Dale Hadfield stated that all threats are taken seriously and will be investigated with the utmost urgency,” Superintendent Kevin Davis said. “Safety of our students is the number one priority of school staff.”
Both Hadfield and Davis reminded the community to work together “to ensure our children are safe; and if you see or hear something, please say something.”
Investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Willcox Department of Public Safety, attention Sgt. J. Valle, at 520-384-4673.