LOS ANGELES, CA – A 13-year-old male student was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after several reports of his classmates who overheard him mentioning that a school shooting would take place soon.
Furthermore, the shooting was to take place at Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School. Students at the school reported to their teachers about what they heard, who then immediately notified law enforcement.
Officers responded quickly and searched the boy’s home. They found an unmarked AR-15 rifle, and rounds of ammunition. They were also able to find a hand-sketched map of the school and presumably a “hit-list” with names that included students and teachers attending that school.
However, because the boy is a minor his identity was not released. Although he was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.
This unfortunate school threat arose after the tragic Saugus High School shooting incident took place. Where a 16-year-old high school student opened fire and fatally shot two students before killing himself.
A few days later, another student was arrested after posting pictures of himself on social media with a gun and writing captions that depicted a possible school shooting at his high school in Palmdale, CA.
Fortunately, another mass shooting was prevented because students felt something suspicious and decided to report it. Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva says, “People who come forward to say what they heard or seen had led us to be able to prevent a tragedy today.”
Law enforcement does not take these matters lightly and luckily many lives have been sparred due to the student’s and teacher’s quick-thinking.
If you have seen or heard any suspicious threats don’t hesitate to call right away. To contact the Sheriff’s department please call (800) 698-8255.