SANTEE, Calif. — Deputies arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly texting death threats to two girls at his school, sheriff’s officials said Friday.
Deputies detained the 14-year-old suspect at the Santee campus Thursday afternoon and took him to juvenile hall for booking on suspicion of making criminal threats, according to sheriff’s officials. The boy’s name was withheld because he is a minor.
A girl who attends the North Magnolia Avenue school reported receiving a text message that she would be killed on campus, Det. John Whiteman said. A second student also came forward to report that she received a text message that mentioned the plan to kill someone and hide the body.
Investigators were able to trace the communications to the suspect, who had no known access to guns, the detective said.
Sheriff’s officials and school administrators “take every threat seriously,” according to Whiteman.
“The security and safety of our students is the most important thing,” he said. “We are always going to err on the side of safety and caution. We will take action even if (a threat) was meant as a joke.”