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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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DMeyer: Posted: August 18, 2014 9:56 p.m.

13 year old high school student?

ricketzz: Posted: August 19, 2014 9:08 a.m.

I don't feel any safer or less safe. I always hated high school. I see no point to it.

17trillion: Posted: August 19, 2014 10:44 a.m.

I realize we need to take these things seriously, but I hope nobody has their life destroyed for saying or doing something stupid. Being stupid and being a kid go hand in hand.

johnnyrock: Posted: August 19, 2014 10:45 a.m.


Nitsho: Posted: August 19, 2014 1:16 p.m.

"13 year old high school student? "

High schools start at 9th grade. Sounds like a 9th grade freshman.

Unreal: Posted: August 19, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Let the kid go. We need to use our resources better than to ruin some kids teenage years over a joke and put his parents through hell.

livelovelead: Posted: August 19, 2014 6:47 p.m.

Even though kids make mistakes and we don't want to ruin his life over it, he and his parents need to take this matter seriously, and other kids/parents need to see that violent threats are not just jokes in this day and age. Because there is a chance of truth, the school and police need to look into these threats, before they have another Columbine or Sandy Hook incident on their hands. There needs to be consequences, so the police aren't waisting time chasing empty threats. Having a consequence/punishment is what teaches kids not to repeat a "stupid" mistake and parents to pay closer attention to their kids, and the choices they are making.
Why do parents feel kids need to have smart phones anyway? Does your 12 and 13 year old really need access to the whole world 24/7? My 17 year old doesn't even have a smart phone.

ricketzz: Posted: August 20, 2014 10:39 a.m.

What's the crime again? The person who put the post together sent it to one person. Luckily my thoughts about what would happen to my high school were never recorded. It involved high explosives.

Suburban high school is the most evil place I've ever been. The people who rule the campus generally fail later in life and that brings me great peace.

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