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Montgomery Cracking Down On Copycats Who Threaten Schools

As lawmakers debate whether or not to tighten Arizona's gun laws, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has confirmed Florida's deadly shooting has spawned more than a dozen different threats of campus violence at Valley schools.

Although none have followed through, Montgomery assured they're treating each threat as if they would.

"Unless and until the nature of a threat is investigated, there's no real way for law enforcement, thereby the public, to know if this just someone who is acting out or if this is someone who has really engaged in any type of preparation or planning," he said.

He warned those convicted face serious charges, including class 3 terrorist threats and even in minor cases, the full cost to track and prosecute.

His office will ask the judge to force the convicted, "to pay back the expenses for agencies that had to respond and then any expenses related to an investigation into the threat itself."

Beyond that, Montgomery said more needs to be done to intervene before a peer becomes violent, place police on campuses and arm some teachers — as a final line of defense.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.