STOCKTON (CBS13) – An investigation into threats made against Franklin High School in Stockton has resulted in two arrests.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office says on Wednesday evening they began investigating a possible shooting threat at the school posted to Instagram. Several agencies – including school district police, the sheriff’s gang unit, a high-tech crimes deputy and Joint Terrorist Task Force deputy – joined in on the investigation.
Investigators have not detailed exactly what was said in the threat, but the San Joaquin County Sheriff said it amounted to threatening to commit a shooting at the school with an AK-47.
“When we receive something like this on our phone, it just sends a cold chill through us,” Sheriff Pat Withrow said.
Thursday morning, before the start of school, deputies arrested two juveniles.
In a statement from the Stockton Unified School District, officials say the students will be facing disciplinary action by both the school and the juvenile justice system. Both juveniles are now being held at the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Facility.
“When we find who do these types of things to our families that we’re going to take action, they are going to be arrested and held accountable,” Withrow said.
Officers were out and highly visible at Franklin High on Thursday. Some parents said there was fear with the threat and then relief with the arrests.
“I’m glad that they were able to get them quickly and as fast as they did. Which, you know, thanks for that but it’s still scary knowing that this can happen at any time,” Sophia Martinez said.
Withrow said that this is a reminder of the importance of reporting possible threats to law enforcement.
That’s something parents have engrained in their children’s brains.
“If he hears anything at school or sees anything on social media, let people know at school. Your teacher, your principal, anybody let them know what’s going on,” Deborah Peredia said.