A 15-year-old Lancaster boy was arrested Tuesday for allegedly posting a threatening comment on one of the social media sites used by a local high school, authorities said Tuesday.
Authorities received “numerous” calls on Monday regarding the comment and initiated an investigation, said Ali Villalobos of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station.
“Deputies were able to identify the subject as a 15-year-old male and arrested him at his residence in Lancaster … about 6 a.m.,” Villalobos said.
“While the subject is a student at a school in Lancaster, he is not and has never been a student of the school the threatening comment was directed at,” Villalobos said.
The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, was being booked at Eastlake Juvenile Hall on suspicion of felony criminal threats, she said.
“At this time, this incident is considered resolved and there are no further threats to the school from this subject,” Villalobos said.
The Lancaster Station “would like to remind parents that every threat, whether it be verbal or on social media is taken seriously by our deputies and investigated immediately,” Villalobos said.
“Our investigations have shown that a large majority of these threats are made by students as a `joke’ or `prank.’ However our deputies must treat every threat as real,” she said. “Regardless of their intention, these threats are unlawful, carry serious criminal consequences and it is important our children know that.”
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