Police say the boy, whose name is being withheld due to his age, posted threats about a school shooting on his Instagram account. Several of the boy’s classmates saw the post and contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. According to LAPD Lt. Brenda Cambra, the threats included photos of guns, dead bodies, and a sign for a Valencia High School. One of the threats included, “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.”
With dozens of phone calls pouring in from concerned students and parents, police executed a search warrant of the boy’s home in Canyon County. Police noted that no weapons were found at the boy’s home, and they believe the photos posted online were stock photos taken from the Internet. By the end of the day, police officers said that over 100 phone calls were made by students and parents reporting the threats posted on Instagram.
Following the boy’s arrest, the William S. Hart Union High School District released a statement to ease parents’ minds.
“This morning, we became aware of a threat that was posted on social media made against our high schools. We take threats of this nature very seriously and we are working closely with the LA County Sheriff’s Department,” said Superintendent Rob Challinor. “Extra precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff on all of our campuses, while this is being investigated. We are looking forward to a day of student learning tomorrow, as we begin the first full week of the new school year.”
The boy’s Instagram account has since been deleted. It’s unclear what charges the boy will face for allegedly posting the school shooting threats on his Instagram account.
School shootings have become a major concern in the U.S. Current data suggests that approximately one school shooting occurs every week. While this incident was a threat, it reinforces the need for greater protection in our nation’s school system.
Officials are urging people to step forward if they have information related to this case. You can submit tips anonymously by contacting the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.