Anchorage police are thanking East High School students for helping them arrest a teenager accused of making threats of a school shooting by reporting the threat immediately.

On Wednesday morning, the students reported to a school resource officer that a former East student sent multiple threatening messages that included a photo of East High, gun and knife emojis, the words “kill kill kill” and a claim that he would buy a gun.

The teen suspect wouldn’t open the door when police got to his house. His mother came home from work and let officers in. The suspect was arrested and is being held at the McLaughlin Youth Center.

Charges were forwarded to the state Division of Juvenile Justice.

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