A 15-year-old student allegedly used Snapchat to make a shooting threat against a Fresno school.
Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Bob Nelson and Police Chief Jerry Dyer held a joint press conference about the incident Thursday.
They said it started early Thursday morning when Snapchat alerted the FBI about a photo taken in a Fresno Walmart. The picture showed a rifle case with the words “Don’t come to school tomorrow” written below it.
“Don’t be unwise in your social media use,” Nelson said.
The investigation revealed the threat was directed at Edison High School, and investigators tracked the phone used to house on the 700 block of East Sampson Avenue. The woman living there said her niece had sent the message.
The 15-year-old girl attends both Edison and CART in Clovis, where she was taken into custody around 7 a.m.
“She when confronted about the post, admitted to the officers that she did infact make this threatening post,” Dyer said.
Tech expert J. Colin Petersen said there’s no hiding from what you send.
“Every digital item comes with some sort of traceable code and that code will tap your location. It will tell you a time and day,” Petersen said.
Petersen also said there’s no place for content like on social media.
“Stop joking like that. It’s not funny. We need to resist the urge to find public suffering funny. Use these platforms to lift each other up,” he said.
The student was booked into juvenile hall, and is facing a terrorist threat charge.
“Let me just say unequivocally we can not allow any of the young people in our community to engage in terroristic threats online. Don’t do it. You will get caught,” Nelson said.
Police and educators both said the suspect was a good student with a bright future, but she made a huge mistake and they plan on punishing her to the fullest extent of the law.