Juvenile Arrested for Social Media Post Threatening a Middle School
SAN RAFAEL — A juvenile was arrested for allegedly posting threats against persons at James B. Davidson Middle School. Threats traced back to the suspect were posted via social media prior to the Christmas break.
Concerned parents and students began notifying police after seeing a menacing post on the evening of December 10. It threatened to cause harm to both students and faculty associated with the middle school.
The San Rafael Police Department contacted school officials to make them aware of the threats. SRPD investigators took the threats seriously and launched an extensive inquiry.
Information concerning the suspect was obtained from numerous sources. Ultimately, detectives worked with a social media company to identify the suspect believed responsible for the threats. Details of the investigation were shared with school officials and parents.
On December 11, detectives contacted and interviewed the suspect. The juvenile was subsequently arrested for making criminal threats and booked at Marin County Juvenile Hall.
Further investigation revealed that the suspect lacked immediate means to carry out the posted threats. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the threats it was taken seriously.
This criminal case remains active, pending review by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.
San Rafael PD continues to monitor social media posts, as part of the ongoing investigation of the suspect and the threats made.
Anyone with information about this case can call the San Rafael Police Department at 415-485- 3000. Tips can also be left online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.