Willows High School is open and running Monday morning after a student’s threat of gun violence over the weekend was deemed not credible.
The student was visiting a relative in Glenn County on Saturday afternoon when he found an unloaded firearm freshly cleaned after a hunting trip. He then sent a Snapchat photo of himself holding the gun and wearing a mask, captioned “Guess who is shooting up the school Monday,” to friends who forwarded the photo to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Department.
The gun was already locked away in a safe by the time deputies arrived at the relative’s house, according to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Department, and an interview with the teenager and his guardians proved he lacked access to any other weapons. Deputies worked with the Willows Unified School District and Glenn County Mental Health to determine the student had neither the intent nor the means of orchestrating a school shooting.
The student has been referred to Glenn County Juvenile Probation and the county System-wide Mental Health Assessment Response Treatment team for further evaluation.