Arrest made in connection to threats against Las Plumas High School

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said an arrest has been made in connection to a video shooting threat against Las Plumas High School.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 6:54 AM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 5:32 PM

SOUTH OROVILLE, Calif. - Update 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 - On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 10:16 p.m., deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received reports of a Snapchat video of a subject showing a hunting style rifle with a scope, an MP40 submachine gun and a semiautomatic pistol lying on a bed.

Though there were no verbal threats in the video, it had a caption at the bottom that read “S*&^ if you go to Lp better get ready to jet #schoolshooter.”

Deputies believed that the letters “Lp” referred to Las Plumas High School (LPHS) in Oroville, California.

The video quickly went viral prompting multiple people to report the video to BCSO.

The subject in the video was identified as a former LPHS student.

Around midnight, deputies contacted the former LPHS student at his home in Oroville.

The former student told Deputies that the firearms in the video were actually BB guns and a pellet gun, which deputies later confirmed. 

The subject said he had sent a cell phone video of himself bragging about his pellet rifle and BB guns to a 16-year-old; however, his video did not contain the threatening caption. 

The 16-year-old is a current LPHS student.

Deputies contacted the student and interviewed him about the video.

The student told deputies he put the threatening caption on the original video and shared it on Snapchat as a joke, and that the original video did not contain any threatening caption.

He told deputies he did not have any intentions to shoot anyone and was remorseful about his actions.

The student was placed under arrest for terrorist threats, without incident and booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall.

His name has been withheld due to his age.

At this point, BCSO does not believe there is a credible or imminent threat to any local schools steaming from this video.

BCSO has been in contact with school administrators and has provided them with information regarding this investigation.

Additionally, BCSO School Resource Deputies will be on campus today to alleviate any concerns

SOUTH OROVILLE, Calif.- The Butte County Sheriff's Office said an arrest has been made in connection to a video shooting threat against Las Plumas High School.

The video has been circulating on social media. 

The Sheriff's Office said the arrest was made Tuesday night, and there is no longer a threat to the school. 

We are working to learn more details this morning. 

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