Police say threat made on Redding high school was fake

Students and staff at Enterprise High School were on high alert Tuesday morning after a student made threatening comments on social media.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 7:03 PM

Students and staff at Enterprise High School were on high alert Tuesday morning after a student made threatening comments on social media.

The post was made Monday night via Snapchat ‎and featured a photo of an individual holding a gun ‎and warning students not to go to school today.

A parent notified a staff member at the school Tuesday morning who then notified the principal.

That's when police were called in and determined the threat to be non-credible.

But that wasn't before concern broke out from several parents at the school.

“Almost immediately we sent out a communication just before 9 am explaining the situation as we knew it, the facts to which we were able to share,” Johnson said. “We did get some parent responses. I personally replied to every parent email that I got. I would say I got about 30 to 40.”

Police officials said they determined the gun in the photo to be a BB gun.

They also searched the boy's home and determined he did not have any other weapons in his possession.

Police say the threat is considered a misdemeanor.

And the case will be forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office and the juvenile probation department who will decide what charges, if any will be filed.

Johnson says police were able to locate the student quickly and take him into custody before classes even started.

He says even though it turned out to be a hoax, they take every threat very seriously.

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