The Fresno Police Department arrested a 15-year-old girl after she posted a message threatening to commit a shooting at her high school.
The Fresno Police Department reportedly took swift action after they were first notified by the FBI of the girl’s message at 5:00 am, ABC News reports. The girl reportedly posted a picture of a rifle and captioned it, “Don’t come to school tomorrow.”
During a press conference on Thursday, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer complimented the expediency of the FBI and his department following the arrest.
“The FBI did an incredible job of tracking this information down, did a great job of really doing the leg work in this investigation,” Dyer said during a press conference.
“During the course of the investigation we were able to determine that the actual location that the shooting was going to occur was at Edison High School,” he added per the report.
Although the girl is still a minor, Dyer said she was charged by a juvenile court and will face “a substantial amount of time in custody.”
“We take these matters very, very seriously in our community, as do law enforcement agencies and school officials across this country as a result of some of the incidents that we have seen with mass shootings,” Dyer continued.
The police chief added: “One of the reasons we take this so seriously in law enforcement is because, No. 1, we never know when this threat will be carried out, we only know what the threat is, we don’t know whether or not the person is capable of carrying out that threat. … The other reason that we take this so seriously is that we’re very much aware of copycats.”
The girl had a “bright future, but unfortunately she has potentially ruined her future,” Dyer added.
Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Bob Nelson echoed these sentiments in a brief statement where he cautioned students about putting certain content on social media: “Anything that you do on social media is immediately trackable to you, and you can’t be naive about it. Let me be clear, there is no joking around any issues involving school safety.”
Using GPS, police were informed at about 6:30 a.m. that previous posts to that Snapchat account were made from a home in Fresno and officers were immediately dispatched. When they arrived at the home, the woman who spoke to police said she was aware of the post and was the teen girl’s aunt, according to Dyer.
The girl, who attends both Edison High School and the Center for Advanced Research and Technology, a high-tech high school in Clovis, was pulled out of class by a guidance counselor and met by police.
“She, when confronted about the post, admitted to the officers that she did in fact make this threatening post, but was not able to determine, or at least convince the officers, as to why that post was made,” Dyer said.
Dyer called the post “very disturbing” and said it was of a gun display case at a Walmart store.
The school shooting scare comes just a week after more than 30 people were shot and killed in a pair of shooting incidents in Texas and Ohio.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.