ROSAMOND — A 15-year-old Desert Junior-Senior High School student was arrested by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies this week after he allegedly made threats against fellow students via social media posts and included himself as a target in order to throw off investigators, officials said.
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Aug. 25, deputies from the Rosamond Substation responded to investigate a suspicious circumstance. During the course of their investigation, they learned an unidentified Instagram user had messaged three Desert Junior-Senior High School students, threatening to shoot and stab them at the next football game, which is tonight.
The messages also threatened the same against the school’s cheerleading team after he raped them, officials said.
The person who posted the threats claimed to be a member of the opposing football team and gave a jersey number.
Desert Junior-Senior High School is playing Village Christian High School of Sun Valley tonight, with the game being played at Burbank High School.
Deputies notified Burbank High School officials and law enforcement in that area as to the threats.
Kern County Sheriff’s detectives continued the investigation and determined one of the original reported victims was actually the suspect sending the threatening messages.
The 15-year-old, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall for two counts of criminal threats and one count of false report of a crime.
Muroc Joint Unified School District officials could not be reached Thursday for comment, but the district posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that officials were aware of social media reports of a threat against Desert Junior-Senior High School.
“A student was missing and authorities assisted in efforts to locate the student. There are NO threats to the school Classes are continuing normally and students will be released at the regularly scheduled time of 3 p.m.” the post read.
The incident comes in the same week as reports of a threat at California City High School spread through social media were discovered to be unfounded.
In that case, officials learned of the postings on Aug. 23 and determined by late the next day there was no credible threat. The rumors stemmed from an overheard conversation on campus that changed and evolved as it was shared through social media.