Teen arrested, accused of threatening Steele Canyon High School classmate on Snapchat

Posted at 4:50 AM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 12:17:18-04

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - A 14-year-old Steele Canyon High School student was arrested after posting threatening a message on Snapchat towards another student, according to sheriff's officials.

A photo of a hand holding a gun appeared in the Stories section of Snapchat Thursday evening with a message that read "F*** Steele Canyon" and "Don't come to school tomorrow."

After the photo was posted, other students quickly notified school officials, who then alerted authorities.

Deputies spoke to the accused student and his parents, and sheriff's officials said the student "admitted to posting the picture on social media and acting alone."

Sheriff's officials said the gun pictured in the posting was a BB gun.

Just before 12:20 a.m. Friday, the school sent parents a text message alert that said: "Steele Canyon Community, A Snapchat threat was made against the school Thursday night. Please know the suspect was immediately identified and arrested. We are all safe to attend school on Friday. THANK YOU to everyone who alerted school officials."

Some students told 10News they continued to ask school officials if it was safe to go to school, and received messages that said: "It has been handled."

Despite the school's assurance, some students and parents told 10News they were still worried.

A former Steele Canyon High student, whose sister still attends the school, said: "We are all very nervous to send our loved ones there. Since the recent attacks on Manchester, we don't feel safe …"

Sheriff's officials noted that there would be an increase in deputies patrolling the Steele Canyon High campus.

According to sheriff's officials, the investigation into the matter is ongoing.