YAKIMA — A 14-year-old West Valley Junior High School student is in custody after allegedly making online threats that he was going to shoot others at school earlier this week.

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YAKIMA — A 14-year-old West Valley Junior High School student is in custody after allegedly making online threats that he was going to shoot others at school earlier this week.

Yakima police arrested the teenager for felony harassment and seized nine firearms from his parents’ house Thursday.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, the boy wrote to another student on MySpace’s Instant Messenger service Wednesday night, saying he wanted to shoot people at school.

“I think it will be fun, make people remember my name so I can get the (expletive) who (expletive) me off this year,” the message said.

Copies of the online exchange were provided to school principal Jim Berndt the following day and the decision was made to have the student “emergency expelled,” according to an online letter Berndt wrote to parents on the school’s Web site.

Police were called and located the student at his home in the 7600 block of West Nob Hill Boulevard. When they arrived, officers received consent from the parents to search the home and seized five shotguns, three rifles and a pistol in the house. Police said the boy’s grandmother told them that she owns the guns, most of which were described as old and rusty.

Berndt said in his online letter that earlier this week, before the boy was arrested, school officials had investigated rumors that someone was bringing a gun to school.

On Tuesday, a student overheard someone talking about bringing a gun. School officials spoke to the student who reportedly made that threat; he told them he was talking about his father’s new hunting rifle and that he was going hunting with him.

Then on Wednesday, school officials got a report that two students had brought guns to school and were going to use them during the first lunch period. One of the two was the same student questioned the day before. Administrators searched both students, including their backpacks, and lockers but found nothing, Berndt said.

The principal said neither of the two incidents warranted disciplinary or legal action.

“We treated both of these incidents as serious and investigated them accordingly and dealt with them immediately,” Berndt said in the letter.

As for Thursday’s arrest, Yakima police have questioned other students but made no other arrests. The case remains under investigation.