School Shooting Threat Neutralized
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says they’ve detained at least one student in relation to a school shooting threat. The student in custody is from Elk Grove and attends Elk Grove Charter School. Two Arden Arcade High Schools, Jesuit High School and Rio Americano High School, were apparently the targets of the threat, prompting law enforcement to lock both schools down. The online threat, as well as the arrest of the minor suspect, occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
Officials say the threat was posted on social media. Additionally, officials placed both El Camino Fundamental High School and Del Dayo Elementary School under a shelter-in-place order. Earlier this month 3 mass shootings rocked the nation, raising alarms about gun and school safety.
Elk Grove Unified School District released the following statement on the incident:
Early this afternoon, the Elk Grove Unified School District’s Department of Safety and Security received information about a possible student posting a social media threat toward a secondary school site in the Sacramento area. EGUSD Safety and Security responded immediately to begin a threat assessment. The threat was general and vague and distributed to a wide audience.
Preliminary information indicated that the student had made the threat toward their previous non-EGUSD school. Further information quickly gathered by EGUSD Safety and Security swiftly identified the student and their whereabouts within the District allowing law enforcement to take swift action in locating and detaining the student at the Elk Grove Charter School. Within minutes, the authorities had the student who posted the social media threat in custody.
More Trouble For Rio Americano
Important to note, this is the second time in the space of a week Rio American High School has been in the news. Last week students at the Arden Arcade high school received a racist image of the school website on their cell phones. Supposedly, the image was apparently altered to include racist statements, according to officials. The image included the words, “District-Wide High School No Black People Policy.”
The Arden Arcade Area is not quite as diverse as some other areas of Sacramento. Consequently, the ramifications of such racist imagery is that African Americans students and families of Rio Americano High School, as well as non-Caucasian students and families are feeling a bit less welcome.
Activists and parents spoke out at Rio Americano High School earlier this week to hold school officials accountable. It is unclear how such a disturbing post got distributed. Some activists and parents say racial harassment of students is an ongoing problem at the school. Both the FBI and Sacramento County Sheriff’s office are investigating the most recent incident along with the Sacramento County Unified School District.