Sheriff's Dept.: Boy texted threats to 2 classmates

Boy taken into custody without incident

SANTEE, Calif. - A Cajon Park Elementary School student was facing a possible felony charge Friday for allegedly sending menacing text messages to two female classmates.

Deputies detained the 14-year-old boy 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 youth's name was withheld because he is a minor.

A girl who attends the North Magnolia Avenue school reported receiving a text message containing a statement that she would be slain on campus, Detective John Whiteman said. A second victim also came forward to report that she had gotten a text message that made mention of a supposed 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 stated the following:

"These are tense times for schools. 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 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."

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