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Maui Police investigate alleged threat at school in Kihei

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Talk is all it took to send police detectives to a home in Kihei, Maui on a search for deadly weapons. Fortunately they didn't find any. But the Maui Police Department wasn't taking any chances when a 12 year old boy allegedly talked about shooting up his school.

Lokelani Intermediate School has reviewed its emergency policies and the incident is turning into a teachable moment for some students as well.

On Tuesday some 12 year old boys were talking at Lokelani Intermediate but the conversation allegedly turned to shooting up the school on Wednesday which was May Day.

"He said two kids approached him and said we're planning a school shooting would you like to help? My son immediately said no I would not like to help and you guys should not do that," said Chris Simunek, parent of the boy who reported the alleged threat.

The Simunek's picked up their son from school early because of an injury in physical education class. The boy told his dad what had happened and the parents called police and the school.

"There was a child that made a little remark in the locker room. Someone had heard the conversation he was having with another child. There was some threat made," said Alvin Shima, Central Maui Complex Area Interim Superintendent.

School had already let out so it didn't go on lockdown.

Detectives searched the suspect's home. No weapons or any sort of plot to carry out a shooting were found.

At this point it's deemed to be nothing more than a young boy making a big mistake which is why no note was sent home to parents.

Police and school administrators commended the boy who reported the threat.

"He did the right thing to report that possible threat," said Shima. "The school took the right steps when dealing with the problem."

"Me and my wife are extremely proud of our son," said Simunek. "The lesson learned is that kids should take threats to the faculty and their fellow students serious. This is not something one should joke about. If you are willing to go around joking about something like this there are consequences."

The boy who made the threat was not arrested. The case will be sent to the Maui Prosecutors Office to determine if terroristic threatening charges will be filed.

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