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16-year-old arrested after social media threat against Bonita Vista High School

Posted at 3:11 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 18:11:59-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A 16-year-old who reportedly made a social media threat against Bonita Vista High School was arrested Tuesday, police say.

According to police, officials discovered that the juvenile was responsible for the second of two threats against the school. "The juvenile told police that he had seen the first threat online and decided to 'join-in' to further scare people. He said he thought it would be funny," police said.

The teenager was arrested for making criminal threats and is expected to be released to his parents.

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The orginial threat was a screenshot of an Instagram comment that read, "Shooting up on the campus Monday. I like some of you. Try to skip school if you value your life."

Another comment below the post read, "I don't think you guys are gonna wanna hide in the 900s," apparently referring to the campus' "math village."

The second threat appeared around 9:30 p.m.

The Sweetwater Union High School District sent 10News this statement:

Today Bonita Vista High School was made aware of a threat via social media. After working closely with Chula Vista Police they are able to confirm that this threat is unsubstantiated and school will continue as normal on Monday. We will have additional law enforcement on campus as a precaution. The safety and security of our students is a top priority and we thank you for your continued support.
Sweetwater Union High School District PIO Manny Rubio