FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – With the help of Snapchat and the FBI, a 15-year-old girl was arrested after allegedly making shooting threats against a high school Thursday morning.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a press conference Thursday afternoon detailing how the FBI tracked down the Fresno Unified student while in class, who allegedly threatened to shoot up Edison High School with a Snapchat post that read: “Don’t come to school tomorrow!!!”
The background photo of her post with several guns was found to be taken at a Fresno Walmart, Dyer says.
It was Snapchat that alerted authorities to the post, Dyer says.
Fresno Police assisted in following up on the threat. They found the threat originated in the 700 block of East Samson Avenue. The teen’s aunt was talked to at the home and said she saw the post and found it “disturbing,” and Dyer says it’s unclear why she didn’t inform police about the potential threat.
A school counselor found the student in her classroom at CART just before 7 a.m. and she admitted to the post, Dyer says. Her reasoning was that Snapchat requires a certain amount of posts to continue using the app, and that was the post she decided to make.
She was arrested and booked into Fresno’s juvenile hall. She is facing a terrorist threat charge, Dyer says.
Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson says any student who makes a threat against the safety of others on campus will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. “There is no joking around any issues involving student safety.”
Adding, “Anything that you do on social media is immediately (traceable) to you.”
The teen was described by both Nelson and Dyer as a “bright” and “highly intelligent” student who now possibly ruined her future. Dyer says she will be serving a “substantial” amount of time in juvenile hall.
Nelson says there were no school closures as the teen was arrested before other campuses opened.