VACAVILLE (BCN) — Vacaville police arrested a 16-year-old boy who allegedly threatened on his Twitter account to kill students at the Will C. Wood High School, police Sgt. Todd Dye said.
Police initially learned about the threats around 7:30 a.m. from information on the Vacaville school’s Text Tip Line where students can anonymously report school safety issues, Dye said.
The threats were made because the teen felt the school’s western theme for tonight’s football game with Napa High School’s Indians team was racially insensitive, Dye said.
The teen did not attend Will C. Wood High School or Napa High School and sent the tweets from his home, Dye said.
The tips received Friday morning indicated the student threatened to kill everyone at the school at 998 Marshall Road, Dye said. Some students who saw the teen’s tweets informed the school’s principal, vice principal and teachers and Vacaville police, Dye said.
In addition to the threatening tweets there also was a follow-up post of support and a post regarding bringing weapons to school by two other students who were not students at Will C. Wood High School, Dye said.
School resource officers in the Police Department’s Youth Services Section worked with school administrators at the school to identify the 16-year-old boy, Dye said.
The teen and those who posted supportive comments were contacted at their school, and the teen who allegedly made the threats was arrested for threatening physical harm to someone at a school, Dye said. The other two posters were not arrested.
No one at the Will C. Wood High School was in danger, Dye said. Police believe the teen did not have the means to carry out the threats and wanted to gain attention for his cause.
Vacaville police said they want to remind parents to be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet and the unintended consequences of their online behavior.