The Sacramento Sheriff's Department learned Thursday evening of a possible social media threat made by a Franklin High School student. According to a statement from the Sacramento Sheriff's Spokesman Sergeant Tony Turnbull, two people are in custody following an investigation.
Several calls from Elk Grove Unified School District parents reported a social media post of a student pictured wearing a ski mask and holding what appeared to be an assault rifle. The student also warned others not to go to school Friday.
According to the statement, Sheriff’s deputies identified and arrested the 16-year-old who allegedly made the social media threat. He is booked into the Sacramento County Juvenile Hall and was arrested for criminal threats by means of an electronic communication device.
Further investigation led to another arrest. Elk Grove Police Department assisted deputies in locating 19-year-old Jonathan Huynth of Elk Grove. Huynth is in custody for possession of an illegal assault rifle, which was pictured in the threatening post. According to the statement, Huynth was not arrested as part of the initial criminal threat.
Sgt. Turnbull says in his statement, “These kinds of threats are taken very seriously and investigated fully.”
He also says the immediate reporting and response from the community and the school district along with working in collaboration with law enforcement is key to keeping schools and the community safe.