Actions may speak louder than words, but words can still speak pretty loudly.
On Saturday, August 16 around 10 p.m., Santa Clarita deputies were called by a woman who reported that violent threats were being posted on Instagram. Later, more than 100 calls were made by people that reported the same thing, in fear that the threats could be real. One of the posts said that the subject was going to shoot high school students in the near future. The other posts included both sexist and racist comments. In the posts, there were photos of guns, dead bodies, and a school marquee for “Valencia High School”.
In one of the posts, the caption read “We are aiming our guns mostly at high school students. Be ready because blood will be shed and families will suffer. No mercy will be shown. Slow and painful deaths will happen on a very dreadful day”. However, the photos, as it turned out, were only generic photos, and there was no proof that the subject possessed any of the the guns that were posted.
According to the report, on August 17 around 10:30 a.m., deputies located and arrested the suspect. He is a teenage boy who attends one of the high schools in the Santa Clarita area. His name was not released because he is a minor. The juvenile was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Based on the suspect’s background and statements, it seemed that he made these threats in order to get a reaction from his followers. Little did he know, however, that they would take them seriously, until it was too late.
The suspect was taken into custody and will be released into the control of the Los Angeles County Probation Department.