Photo: Doughtery’s Twitter post
KINGSBURG — A social media post came to the attention of the KPD on Tuesday afternoon, and the two Kingsburg residents involved in the post were identified. One of the two is a student at Reedley College.
19-year-old Joshua Dougherty was arrested at his home and 19-year-old Joshua Baker was arrested at Reedley College.
The Twitter post shows the two wearing black coats, holding the weapons and saying, “don’t come to school tomorrow.”
Officers seized an airsoft gun, a BB gun, and a knife.
The KPD sates, “The Kingsburg Police Department received several calls and emails from members of the national and international media who saw this post, and called us immediately. I would like to thank those members of the media who made the effort to call. You all helped make our community safer place by doing so.”
One person on the agency’s Facebook page observed, “Good kids, bad joke. You could see the orange tip on the airsoft gun. I don’t think they realized that this would happen.”
CBS47 quotes KPD Chief Dadian, “Don’t think that some social media post is innocent and nobody’s going to take it serious or it’s just a big joke, because it’s not.”