A 12-year-old female minor was booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall for allegedly making threats to shoot up a middle school in Sanger.
According to the Sanger Police Department, they received several phone calls on Wednesday of a threat being made via social media to “shoot up” Washington Academic Middle School in Sanger.
Police said the female minor who was arrested didn’t have access to guns.
On Thursday, parents of students who attend the middle school woke up to an automated call from the school district notifying them of a threat of shooting targeting the campus.
Sanger Police stepped up strong police presence throughout the day.
“All morning, I have seen parents picking up their kids and taking them out,” Andrea Muehlhaus, a parent said.
Muehlhaus heard the message as she was getting ready to send her 8th grader son to school.
Muehlhaus worried about her child.
“As a mother, I couldn’t leave. I’ve been here since I dropped him off this morning and just being here, I guess is giving me the peace of mind that everything will be ok or if something isn’t I’m here,” she said.
Other parents deciding to not take a chance and keeping their kids home.
According to the school district, 48 percent of students did not show up to school on Thursday because of this school threat.
“We always put the safety of our students and our staff as our priority and we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that they feel safe,” Adela Jones, superintendent, Sanger Unified School District said.
The school district worked with police to make sure students who came to class were protected.
Sanger Chief of Police Silver Rodriguez said in the wake of mass shootings across the nation every threat is taken seriously.
The investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone with information on this matter is encouraged to contact Sergeant Rey Carrillo at (559) 399-8024.