Maui Police arrest 18-year-old for terroristic threatening
Maui Police arrested an 18-year-old man for 1st degree terroristic threatening after his social media post claimed he intended to 'shoot up a school.'
Maui Police have confirmed that at 5 a.m. on Monday officers received information about Nainoa Gazman Figueroa's tweet.
Officers then contacted 18-year-old Gazman Figueroa at his Kahului residence where he told them he had posted the statement online because he 'thought it was funny.'
Maui police then checked his residence for any firearms and did not find any.
Its not clear if Gazman Figueroa is or was a student at Maui High School, or if that is the school he was referring to in his Tweet.
The school's principal sent a letter to parents which read: "There is no imminent threat to our campus. All schools will be open tomorrow on regular schedules."
The letter goes on to say:
"All threats to our school or students are taken very seriously and are investigated thoroughly. Terroristic threats are considered Class A student conduct offenses. Penalties can range from detention to dismissal with the possibility of arrest and serious criminal charges. According to police, reposting a threat is as good as making the threat itself and contributes to prolonging the event. We encourage parents to speak with their children about making the right choices and the potential consequences of their actions. I urge all students and families to refrain from posting threats and rumors online."
Gazman Figueroa was transported to the Wailuku Police station and has not yet been charged.