The Press Release from Sharon Quayle, Communications Director for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office read as follows:
On Saturday, November 24, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Copper Canyon Academy in Rimrock in reference to a student who was threatening staff members with a knife.
The victims reported to YCSO that a 16-year-old female student at the academy had threatened to kill them, brandishing a cafeteria luncheon knife and shouting threats and obscenities after she had been involved in a verbal altercation with another student. The suspect had been acting aggressively in the cafeteria, refusing to cooperate with staff until she finally used the lunch knife to threaten their lives.
The suspect was talked into putting the knife down by staff members. She was taken into custody by YCSO and transported to the Prescott Juvenile Facility. She has been charged with two (2) counts each of Aggravated Assault and Threats and Intimidating, as well as Disruption of an Educational Facility.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website.
But, troubled youth are all over Yavapai County. What can be done for them? Where do parents and youth workers turn to for help? How can situations like this be prevented, not simply handled? Several resources are listed below:
One such organization recently started in the Prescott area is called SAVE - Students Against Violence Everyday. SAVE has a goal of helping kids on the path to trouble individually, meeting needs one kid at a time, so that they don't have to rebel and get into trouble. For more information, call 717.3268
This is an online resource that helps you find resources for anything from Animal Control to Family Support. The website address is easy - az211.org . It's a place to start, but you'll probably want to find additional resources, too.
Your local schools probably have a list of agencies that can help. Call and talk to the principal or the district offices.
The Ripple Project
Started as a student-initiated non-profit through Prescott College, this website has a nice Directory of services in Yavapai County for a variety of challenges facing our community.