The Tulare County Sheriff's Office reports that two thirteen year old girls have been arrested for using social media to make terrorist threats one week ago at Pixley Middle School. The threat caused students to stay home from school and triggered a beefed up police presence at the school. Earlier today investigators received information through "Tipnow" that indicated the teens were behind the threats. They are not being identified because of their age.
Investigators say the parents of the girls were notified that they had been implicated, and they cooperated with the investigation. Two search warrants were served in the Pixley area. Detectives were able to locate and seize one firearm, assorted ammunition, and several gun magazines during the subsequent searches. They say the firearm was given voluntarily to detectives by a relative of one of the suspects. The juvenile females were arrested and booked at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Visalia.
The incident is one of a number of similar online threats directed at valley schools now being carried out by authorities.