A 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday on suspicion of making a threat against Troy High School in Fullerton during a group chat among students on Instagram Live, police said.
The teen, whose name was withheld because she is a juvenile, was arrested about 12:20 p.m. for allegedly making the threat, as well as obstructing or delaying an investigation, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus.
A Troy High student called police about 10 p.m. Wednesday and reported that someone began messaging the group of students during their chat, indicating “violence” against the school on Thursday, Radus said.
When asked if there may be other suspects, Radus said it was an ongoing investigation.
Investigators did not deem the threat credible, Radus said, but he stressed that police and Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials took it seriously. He did not reveal the nature of the threat.
Police had a larger presence on the campus, but classes otherwise proceeded as usual, Radus said.
The student who called police was hailed as “courageous,” and officials encourage anyone to call authorities whenever they see or hear something suspicious, Radus said.
A message left with school district officials was not immediately returned.
Anyone who might know something about the threat was asked to call police at (714) 738-3156. Orange County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips at (855) TIP-OCCS.
–City News Service