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UPDATE: 13-year-old Canyon student in custody over online threats

Investigators say case is unrelated to Valencia High School incident

Posted: August 18, 2014 4:59 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2014 6:11 p.m.

A 13-year-old Canyon High School student was arrested Monday for making threats after he allegedly texted a message about school violence to a friend, who posted the message on Instagram, officials said.

A tip about the incident, which was apparently intended as a practical joke, was reported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station about 8 p.m. Sunday, Deputy Josh Dubin said Monday.

Dubin said the incident had no apparent relationship to the arrest of a 15-year-old Canyon Country student on Sunday for Instagram threats that singled out Valencia High School.

Detectives assigned to the Career Offenders Burglary Robbery Apprehension Team took over the case reported Sunday night, Dubin said. They determined the Instagram post was a screen shot of a text message from one Canyon High School student to another.

The sender of the text message apparently used an “app” that allowed him to send free text messages via the Internet from a new phone number, Dubin said.

Because the recipient of the message did not recognize the sender, he took a screen shot of the text and posted it on Instagram as a way to identify the sender, Dubin said.

“The text conversation included comments regarding school violence” intended to be a joke, he said.

Detectives identified the sender as a 13-year-old Canyon High School student who was apparently friends with the Canyon High student who received the message.

The suspect realized too late that the threats were being taken seriously, Dubin said.

The suspect was arrested and was due to be released into the custody of the Los Angeles County Probation Department to be detained, the deputy added.

A news release on the arrest — the second underage Santa Clarita Valley resident to be taken into custody for online threats within two days — urged parents to establish guidelines with children before giving them access to social media and to monitor their communication and caution them about inappropriate or provocative postings.
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