March 22, 2013 (Santee)--A 14-year-old boy has been booked into Juvenile Hall after making threats against two schoolmates, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department reports.
The principal of Cajon Park Elementary (which has students from kindergarten through 8th grade) school called the Santee Sheriff's Station yestserday after a female student reported receiving a text message saying she will be killed at school. A second female student received a text message in reference to the killing and a body being hidden.
Detectives traced the source of the text messages and took the boy into custody without incident. The suspect did not have access to any firearms and there is no indication anyone else was involved in the threats, according to Sheriff’s officials.
This is the second such incident in the East County in the past few months. There have been other teenagers arrested in San Diego County for similar incidents.
“These are tense times for schools,” an alert issued by the Sheriff’s office states. “We want to remind students and parents about the seriousness of making threats. It's not something to joke about and there is nothing funny about going to Juvenile Hall. Making a threat is a felony and constitutes threatening to kill, injure or intimidate individuals or damage and destroy property.”
The Sheriff's Department and local school districts take every threat seriously and nothing can be dismissed or ignored, the release added. “The security and safety of our students is the most important thing. We are always going to err on the side of safety and caution. We will take action even if it was meant as a joke”
Officials urged students not to hesitate to talk to a school counselor or a Sheriff’s juvenile detective or deputy assigned to campus.
“Don't rush into sending that text message or email if you are upset about something,” the Sheriff’s advisory adds.
Students can also call an anonymous Student Speaking Out Hotline with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.