17-year-old arrested for social media threats against Canyon Crest Academy

The teen was arrested Monday
Posted at 11:02 AM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 00:56:51-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A 17-year-old has been arrested for social media threats to a Carmel Valley high school.

San Diego Police said the juvenile was taken into custody Monday at school during an investigation into threatening comments issued online against Canyon Crest Academy, which is part of the San Dieguito Union High School District.

The teenager has been placed in Juvenile Hall for criminal threats, SDPD said.

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In a letter to parents Monday, Principal Brett Killeen said no "credible nor specific threat was made."

The students were concerned about what another student has been posting on social media.  Though no credible nor specific threat was made toward any specific student nor our school, these students did the right thing in reporting their concerns to us.  The San Diego Police Department is investigating this issue, and the student who posted the content is not on campus.

We are proud that CCA is a safe school with an inclusive and caring culture.  We do encourage families to talk to teens about what they may be posting online, because threatening content will be taken seriously, even if posted in jest, and it ultimately disrupts the lives of those who are concerned about the content, as well as the person who used poor judgment in posting the content. 

SDPD is encouraging parents to talk with their child or children about the potential consequences of making threats or comments that may cause others to fear for their safety. Acting Captain Paul Phillips said within the Northwestern Division's jurisdiction, four teens have been taken into custody for suspicion of making criminal threats online.

This is the 19th school threat investigated in San Diego County since the Parkland shootings on February 14.