Menifee high school student accused of making online threats, owning ghost gun

ByLavinia E. Smith

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Police have arrested a teenager who they say threatened a college in Menifee and was in possession of a ghost gun.

The 17-calendar year-outdated allegedly said he planned to shoot up a university in a non-public group information on social media. The pupil did not point out a distinct faculty by identify, but officers verified the teen is a student at Heritage Higher Faculty.

The teen is accused of resulting in concern in the final times of faculty, just prior to summer season break.

“He built reference to capturing up a faculty and essentially capturing kids,” stated David Gutierrez of the Menifee Law enforcement Section.

Police determined the scholar accused of generating the on the web threats and detectives served a look for warrant at his household, where they arrested him and recovered a ghost gun, ammunition and brass knuckles.

Even although the threats did not make mention of any a person college, mom and dad and students told KTLA the threats still left them sensation uneasy thinking of the unexpected spike in gun violence in current weeks.

“With so several threats going on all round at so a lot of faculties and districts, it is actually terrifying,” stated Naki Smith, a mother or father of a student at Heritage.

Just one pupil explained to KTLA she was worried to go to school since she “didn’t know what was likely to come about.” Yet another college student explained he did not want to return to university immediately after listening to of the threats.

“Our youngsters are using finals suitable now and they have to be in this article,” claimed Jeremy Wright, another mum or dad. “It’s experienced me worried all day.”

Menifee police say the university student was booked into a juvenile detention middle and is experiencing several costs which includes possession of an unregistered firearm.

It’s a single of various the latest school threats in Southern California and the 2nd threat to take place at a Menifee faculty in less than a 7 days.

Very last week, Hans Christensen Center Faculty was the subject matter of a threat. Menifee police mentioned it turned out not to be a credible risk and a 13-calendar year-old lady was arrested.

Law enforcement say now is the time for parents to re-examine their kids’ social media use and to test in with them consistently.

“Sometimes they come to feel like they want to empower their young ones, give them some autonomy and not be an overbearing mother or father, but it’s not about that any more,” mentioned Gutierrez. “It’s about earning confident you protect your children from turning out to be concerned in things they shouldn’t be involved in.”

The Perris Union Substantial Faculty District introduced a statement that examine in section, “All threats of violence are taken very seriously and we will continue to work diligently with our legislation enforcement associates to pursue any individual of desire.”

University district officers also encouraged moms and dads to acquire the time to speak with their kids and mentioned mental wellbeing sources are readily available online.

Menifee law enforcement urge anyone who may perhaps witness suspicious exercise like these on the web threats get in touch with their non-crisis number at 951-677-4964.