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BREAKING NEWS: Canyon Country Boy arrested in connection with Instagram threats

Posted: August 17, 2014 10:12 a.m.
Updated: August 17, 2014 10:12 a.m.

A 15-year-old Canyon Country boy was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of posting threats against students online through Instagram, officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said.

“They just arrived at the station with him now,” said Lt. Tom Bryski at 10 a.m. Sunday.

About 9 a.m. Sunday, deputies executed a search warrant on a residence in Canyon Country and arrested a 15-year-old boy, Bryski said.

On Saturday, about 10 p.m., deputies received a phone call from a woman reporting that threatening posts had been made on Instagram, said Lt. Brenda Cambra, who heads the sheriff’s Detective Bureau.

“Deputies responded and found that an Instagram post, threatening to shoot high school students on an unspecified date had been posted,” she said in a statement released Sunday morning. “Threats against women and racial threats were also included.  The post included photos of guns, dead bodies, and a school marquee for a ‘Valencia High School.’
“Detectives immediately responded to the station to begin working this investigation,” she said.  

A police report for Criminal Threats was written.   

At least 25 additional calls from residents alerting deputies to this post were received during Saturday night, Cambra said.

Detectives have since determined that the posted photos were stock photos from the internet.  As well, the photo of the school marquee is not from our local high school, it’s a similarly named high school in another state, they determined.

“There is no evidence at all that the suspect has any access to these guns,” Cambra said prior to the arrest.

Response from school officials was swift.

“This morning, we became aware of a threat that was posted on social media made against our high schools,” William S. Hart School District Superintendent Rob Challinor said in a message sent to parents Sunday.
“We take threats of this nature very seriously and we are working closely with the LA County Sheriff’s Department,” he said in an email notification.
“Extra precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff on all of our campuses, while this is being investigated, he said. “We are looking forward to a day of student learning tomorrow, as we begin the first full week of the new school year.”


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