“El Centro police have arrested a 16-year-old Central Union High School student this morning following a threat made on social media to bring a rifle to the school today,” ivpressonline.com reports. “A teacher saw the message, and police were contacted after 11 p.m. regarding the potential threat to the high school. Investigators immediately notified school district employees who assisted with the investigation, and on-call detectives came in and worked on the case throughout the night with patrol staff, said El Centro Police Cmdr. Robert Sawyer.” No joke folks. The message posted on the [supposedly] anonymous Yik-Yak social media app read as follows (F bombs ahead) . . .
FUCK CENTRAL I HATE EVERYBODY THAT GOES TO THAT SCHOOL. TOMORROW I’M GONNA BRING MY DADS HUNTING RIFLE AND TAKE SOME FUCKERS OUT. I’M GOING TO BE FAMOUS FOR THIS SHIT FUCK EVERYONE!!!
Despite the late hour of the heads-up, school was suspended for the following day; the suspect was taken into custody at 10am local time yesterday. Cmdr. Sawyer reckons the the threat was a hoax.
“It appears at this time that there’s no credibility to the threats as the student had no access to firearms and there were no firearms found in the house. His intent was for this to be a hoax. … However, we don’t take these things lightly. These things are very serious in nature,” Sawyer said. “Because of the quick response from our detectives and the school staff we were able to postpone school and in an abundance of caution, cease school activities for the day.”
Result. And yet, one can’t help but wonder why the cops figured the absence of firearms in the teen’s home was proof positive he meant no harm.