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Student arrested after threatening school, Menifee police say

A high school student was arrested Sunday in Riverside County after allegedly posting on social media about shooting “a school” and “children”, authorities said.

The threats did not mention a specific school, according to the Menifee Police Department, but the 17-year-old suspect is a high school student at Heritage High School.

The suspect allegedly harassed students and was in possession of a firearm, police said.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect and his residence, and found him on his way home. He was arrested without incident.

Police said a search of the suspect “revealed he was in possession of a firearm commonly referred to as a ‘ghost gun’ and a pair of brass knuckles”.

He was taken into custody at Riverside County Juvenile Hall “on multiple counts including felony threats, possession of brass knuckles and possession of an unregistered firearm,” Menifee police said.

A ghost gun is created by assembling parts, sold together in a kit or separately, to create a fully functional firearm, authorities said.

Guns are usually made from polymer parts created with 3D printers, and they are hard to find because they are unregistered and lack serial numbers. They can be assembled at home and are often inexpensive, with kits selling online for around $350 to $500, according to county officials.

In a statement, Heritage High School said there was no specific threat to the school, but they wanted to make sure the school community was aware of the incident.

“Parents and guardians, please take the time to talk with your students about the appropriate use of social media,” the school said on Facebook. “All threats of violence are taken seriously and we will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to prosecute anyone of interest.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Los Angeles Times

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