The following Press Release was issued by the Merced Police Department via their official Facebook page in regards to a recent school shooting threat.
“The Merced Police Department received a call regarding a social media post that there was going to be a school shooting at El Capitan High School on Friday November 15, 2019. Merced Police officers met with the reporting party and immediately started an investigation. The Merced Police Department Investigations Unit was also called in.
Investigators were able to interview several students that attend El Capitan High School. Through the investigation information was obtained that led investigators to the identity of the student that posted the initial threat.
Merced Police Department arrested a 17-year-old, male student for criminal threats. The 17-year-old is a student at El Capitan High School. The 17-year-old has been booked into the Merced County Juvenile Detention facility.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Gorman at (209) 388-7715, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.”