Just a day after sheriff’s detectives investigated a threatening post between two Cabrillo High School students on Instagram, deputies arrested a Carpinteria Middle School student on suspicion of making a criminal threat on campus.
Numerous deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Coastal Division on Friday investigated reports that a threat of violence involving a firearm was made on the school campus.
Deputies met with school staff, who told them the threat was made by a 13-year-old student and overheard by classmates, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Deputies located the student, who was later arrested and booked into Santa Maria Juvenile Hall. School staff alerted parents of the incident earlier in the day.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence turned up no operable firearms, the spokesman said, but next week patrols will be increased across all Carpinteria schools.
Security was also increased at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc on Friday although sheriff’s investigators determined there was no credible threat from the two students’ Instagram post, and rumors of other threatening posts on Snapchat turned out to be unfounded. sheriff’s officials said.
However, they encouraged anyone with information about a threat to a school to contact the Sheriff’s Office and school staff immediately.