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1/18/2013 9:07:00 AM
Student arrested for threats against principal

BAGDAD -- Cable Folan, 18, was arrested on charges of threatening the principal at Bagdad High School Tuesday.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies were contacted earlier by the Bagdad School superintendent regarding threats made by Folan, taken from text messages, which spoke of physical assault and a threat to shoot the principal. A high school student, Folan has been upset in the past with his perceived treatment by school administrators and was recently told he would likely not graduate.

Folan has prior issues involving threats and inappropriate behavior at school. Staff believed Folan had access to firearms in his home and took the threats seriously. Deputies met with the principal, who was concerned not just for his safety, but the overall school as well. Staff went into alert mode and worked with deputies to enhance school security immediately, though Folan was not on campus at this time.

Deputies acted quickly, gathered evidence, and obtained a search warrant for Folan's home in the 300 block of Randall Street, Bagdad. By 4:30 p.m., deputies located Folan at that home, where he was arrested. Folan allegedly admitted authoring the messages because he was upset at the treatment by "the school," but claimed he had no intent to carry out the threats. Folan acknowledged there were several firearms stored in the home inside a locked closet and claimed he did not have a key.

Deputies contacted Folan's father, gained access to the closet, and took custody of several handguns and rifles. Deputies also recovered a marijuana plant, marijuana, and paraphernalia in the home under the care and control of Folan. Additionally, deputies served a search warrant at another home on Randall Street belonging to his mother and recovered additional firearms accessible to Folan.

Folan was booked into Camp Verde Detention Center and booked on charges interfering or disrupting an educational institution, threatening and intimidating, possession of marijuana, and cultivating marijuana and paraphernalia.


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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Ray Leete

I am very prode of Bagdad PD and the school super and I say "go get them "



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