FRESNO, California - Fresno County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a teenager at Central High School West for allegedly making threats to shoot up the school.
The student is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation; he will then be booked into the
detention facility of the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Center.
He faces a felony charge of threat to commit a crime that results in injury or death.
Deputies say on Thursday afternoon a student notified staff members that another student may have plans to shoot up the school. School officials immediately contacted the sheriff's department who then interviewed the student who made the alleged threat. Deputies say based on their investigation his threats were credible.
Officials say the student did not have any weapons with him at school. However, when deputies contacted the student's family they discovered the family owns guns. They are investigating to see if the student had access to any of those guns.
Central Unified School District released the following statement:
"Central Unified is grateful for the swift response and investigation conducted by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Student and staff safety are of utmost importance in our district and we take all threats seriously. We urge parents to talk with their children about the seriousness of making any threatening remarks and to report all suspicious behavior observed in person or on social media."
Anyone with information to this case is urged to contact the sheriff's department.