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KCSO completes investigation on three separate threats at multiple area schools

Posted at 5:42 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 20:47:15-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's office investigated three separate incidents at area schools regarding threats made against teachers and students.

According to Rosamond Substation deputies on August 25 around 1 p.m. officials were made aware that an Instagram user had messaged three Desert High School students at Edwards Airforce Base.

"The suspect threatened to shoot and stab the students at the next football game, and to do the same to the school’s cheerleader team after he raped them," officials said. "The suspect claimed he was a member of the opposing football team and gave a jersey number."

Deputies notified the Southern California high school where the football game was to take place as well as law enforcement agencies in that area.

The detectives investigation determined one of the original reported victims was actually the suspect.

"The 15-year-old juvenile suspect sent the threats via Instagram to his victims, as well as to himself to throw off investigators," according to officials.

The juvenile suspect was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall for Criminal Threats and False Report of a Crime.

Officials said a separate incident happened on Tuesday around 7:30 p.m. when deputies from the Lamont Substation were dispatched to Alicante Elementary School for suspicious activity.

Officials learned a nine-year-old student had said he intended to kill teachers and staff.

Deputies were able to confirm the juvenile did not have access to firearms and forwarded the report to Juvenile Probation and Child Protective Services.

According to KCSO, the third suspicious activity happened On Wednesday sround 11 p.m. when deputies from the Kern Valley Substation were made aware that a Kern Valley High School student was seen on social media putting a handgun in his backpack and posted for people to not go to school in the morning.

Deputies said they went to the student’s house and spoke to him and his parents. Officials said the gun was a pellet gun and the student was mimicking a music video.

Deputies notified the Kern High School District Police of this particular incident.

According to the Sheriff's office all three incidents were thoroughly investigated by deputies and none of the juvenile suspects had "actual intent to carry out the crimes."