SANTA CLARITA, California (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Sunday on suspicion of posting online threats to shoot students at Southern California schools, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Deputies arrested the teen after serving a search warrant at his home, Lt. Tom Bryski said. Deputies began investigating the threats late Saturday after receiving more than two dozen phone calls about posts on Instagram from someone threatening to shoot high school students on an unspecified date, authorities said.
The posts, which have since been removed, included photos of guns, dead bodies and a sign for a Valencia High School, Lt. Brenda Cambra said. However, the sign was from a school with the same name in another state, she said.
“Valencia High School has been nominated to be shot up first,” one post read, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The gun photos were stock photos from the Internet, Cambra said. There was no evidence the suspect had access to weapons, she said.
The posts included threats against women and minorities, authorities said.