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Teen leaves note threatening to 'shoot up' Prosser Library

PROSSER, Wash. -- A teenage boy faces criminal charges after leaving a note at the Prosser Library threatening to "shoot up the library and commit suicide," Prosser police said Thursday.

Library staff contacted police and gave them the note, which was found by the computers at the library on Wednesday. An investigation led police to identify the suspect as a 16-year-old boy.

When police questioned the boy Thursday morning, he admitted to leaving the note and said it was a joke. 

The boy was trespassed from the library for five years and charges have been forwarded to the Benton County Prosecutor's Office for review. 

"Our department takes all threats such as this seriously and does not consider them a joke," Prosser police said. "We wanted to remind the community to please report any threats they come across to law enforcement so they can be handled accordingly."


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