A 17-year-old teenage male has been arrested for threatening on Facebook to commit a shooting at a local high school, according to an official Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department press release.
The teen – whose identity is being withheld as he is a juvenile – reportedly is facing a single felony charge of threatening to commit a crime resulting in serious injury.
On the afternoon of Sunday, March 3, the Sheriff’s communications center reportedly received a call from a concerned parent of a student at El Camino High School, stating a student from the school had made comments he intended to commit a shooting on campus the following morning. No specific people were mentioned as the intended target(s) of the shooting.
Sheriff’s Department personnel reportedly worked with staff members from the San Juan Unified School District and were able to identify the author of the Facebook post. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the teen’s residence, where he was taken into custody. Although no immediate means to carry out the threat were discovered, the student was reportedly taken into custody due to the potential of harm the following day to any student or staff member who was to be at the school.
Due to the suspect’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Department does not believe that any imminent threat exists to anyone attending this school Monday morning. Nonetheless, Sheriff’s deputies will be present on campus as part of the ongoing contractual relationship for a Safe Schools program between the Sheriff’s Department and the San Juan Unified School District.
Anyone having further information about this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115.