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'I am the shooter!' Police arrest high school freshman over threatening Snapchat message

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A Thurston High School freshman boy in Oregon sent a message that read "I am the shooter!" to a Springfield High School freshman girl just before noon Tuesday, Springfield Police said.

Police arrested the 15-year-old boy on one count of first degree disorderly conduct Wednesday and booked him into the Serbu Juvenile Detention Facility.

Thurston High School was the scene of a deadly school shooting 20 years ago this May, years before the boy arrested Wednesday was even born.

But a Springfield High student's comments Monday to a cashier about being afraid to go to school Tuesday had prompted an increased police presence on that campus.

Police said the boy now facing charges described the message as a joke.

However, the message was taken seriously and shared with other students, generating panic, police said.

“Our message when it comes to this sort of behavior at school is that it’s no joke and we aren’t playing,” Lt. Scott McKee said of the arrest.

Police said the boy sent the message via Snapchat to the girl while they were both in school.

The girl reported the message to her parents, and the Springfield Police school resource officer for Springfield High School was notified, McKee said.

Anyone with information concerning this or other incidents is asked to contact Springfield Police at (541) 726-3714.

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