Five Santan Junior High School students were arrested Friday after police said a letter detailing graphic threats to kill a teacher was discovered.
The five eighth-graders, four females and one male who range in age from 12 to 13, were released to their parents, Chandler Police said Wednesday.
A county complaint has been issued against the suspects charging them each with one count of threatening and intimidating, a misdemeanor charge, Chandler Det. Seth Tyler said.
School administrators reported the incident to police Friday after the letter was found, Chandler Unified School District spokesman Terry Locke said.
Locke could not release any specific details regarding the students. He did say schools can issue a short-term suspension of up to nine days when deemed appropriate. Anything longer than that would require a disciplinary hearing.
District policy states that threatening a teacher could result in a short- or long-term suspension or expulsion, depending on the nature of the threat, he said.
Students at Santan Junior High, 1550 E. Chandler Heights Road, were given a letter about the incident to take home Tuesday to parents. It was also posted on the school's website.
"I ask you to discuss with your children the seriousness of actions and words that others
might consider a threat. Students need to be aware that schools and law enforcement
agencies take threats very seriously and often pursue prosecution even when there is no
intent to follow through with action," principal Barbara Kowalinski wrote.
Tyler said he was not aware of any other threats against teachers at Santan Junior High - or any other Chandler district campus - this school year.
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Michelle Reese, East Valley Tribune