Originally published as a City of Corona Police Department Facebook post –
“On December 15, 2021, at approximately 2:00 AM, the Corona Police Department received notification of a possible threat of violence at Auburndale Intermediate School in the city of Corona. Officers initiated the Riverside County School Threat Assessment and Response (STAR) protocol and immediately investigated; however, due to a lack of additional leads, the officers were unable to identify the source of the threat.
Out of an abundance of caution, officers were assigned to be present at the school during the day on December 15, 2021. Shortly after the school was dismissed at 1:05 PM, a student reported receiving a second threat via social media stating an attack would now take place on December 16, 2021, due to the police department being present at the school.
School Resource Officers (SRO) assigned to local high schools assisted in the investigation and with the help of school staff, identified that a potential suspect lived in the 100 block of North Buena Vista, in the city of Corona. SROs responded to the residence and took the 14-year-old male juvenile into custody after determining he was responsible for the threats.
The juvenile’s family was cooperative with police and a search of the residence failed to produce weapons. Upon completion of the investigation, the juvenile was transferred to the custody of the Riverside County Juvenile Hall.
The student that made the threats acted alone and nothing suggests the involvement of others. This is a good example of how the “See something, say something” campaign helps prevent tragedies, and the students who reported the threats should be commended.
The Corona Police Department and the Corona-Norco Unified School District take any threat of violence against students and staff seriously and are committed to thoroughly investigating any threat towards schools within the district. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Sergeant John Healy at john.healy@CoronaCa.gov or at 951-817-5785.