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12-year-old student arrested after making threats to Methuen school

A 12-year-old Methuen boy was arrested Monday after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” his school and target a school employee.

The boy, a student at the Tenney Grammar School, wrote the threat as a reply to a post on the school’s Instagram account, officials said.

The post referenced a specific employee at the school as a target, police said.

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The principal of the Tenney School informed Methuen police, who tracked down the student. He was arrested and later released into his mother’s custody.

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No weapons were found during a search of the boy’s home, police said.

The student, who was not named because he is a juvenile, is charged with making threats to a school and threatening to commit murder. He will be arraigned on Tuesday in Lawrence Juvenile Court.

“We are deeply grateful for the students and parents who came forward with the information and contacted school administration as we take these matters very seriously,” Methuen Superintendent Brandi Kwong said in a statement.

Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.