Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 15-year-old this week after he made numerous threats on social media to shoot up a local high school.
The threats were posted to Instagram and contained pictures of dead bodies and guns with accompanying captions saying Valencia High School would soon be the site of a massive school shooting. The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department received over 25 calls from concerned residents who saw the posts.
Police found no guns in the teen’s possession when they arrested him. He told officers he never planned to carry out the shooting, but he was detained nevertheless since making criminal threats is a felony.
Although the Instagram account has been deleted, KTLA obtained screenshots of the threats before they were taken down. Here are two of them:
The Santa Clarity Valley school district superintendent released a statement yesterday saying extra precautions will be taken on school campuses while the sheriff’s department continues their investigation.
“We take threats of this nature very seriously and we are working closely with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department,” the statement said. “Extra precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff on all of our campuses, while this is being investigated.”
The Santa Clarity Valley Sheriff’s Station also released a statement encouraging parents to talk with children about the ramifications of posting criminal content to the web.
“Santa Clarita Valley Station would like to remind all those that use social media to do so with care,” the news release stated. “Parents should have an open dialog with their teenagers about the ramifications of posting photos and statements which might constitute a crime or cause other issues.”