Kennedy High students recount terrifying active shooter threat, evacuation
The Sacramento Police Department arrested a man and a 17-year-old on charges of possessing an illegal firearm while investigating reports of a possible threat at Kennedy High School on Sunday morning, department spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler announced that night.
Officers determined no threat to the campus was ever made, but they did find enough evidence to arrest the man and teen on the gun charges.
"This has been a direct result of an independent investigation that had no direct threat on Kennedy High School," Chandler said.
The man arrested was identified as Brent Craig, 47. He faced an additional charge of child endangerment. The identity of the male 17-year-old was not released by the department because of his age, Chandler said.
The teen and the man were not “arrested necessarily at the same time but during the course of our investigation,” Chandler said. At least one of the arrests happened around 7 p.m. on the 8900 block of Pocket Road, he added.
Chandler described the firearm retrieved by officers as a rifle that was illegal to possess in California. The department also seized other guns and ammunition during the arrest. Chandler declined to answer if the teen and the man arrested were related in any way. The 17-year-old suspect arrested is not a current student at the school, he said.
The news came a few hours after Kennedy High School officials announced the campus would remain open Monday after the second reported threat in the past three days.
School administrators and police officers evacuated the Greenhaven campus Friday in response to a text chain, sent to multiple students, threatening a shooting and explosion at the school.
A message sent Sunday evening to parents by David Van Natten, the school's principal, said officers were in direct contact with the person who posted a recent threat and that the school was safe. Additional counselors and police were to be on campus Monday, he added.
"Beautiful day at Kennedy this morning as we resume teaching and learning," the school posted on its Twitter account Monday morning.
Sunday’s investigation was prompted by multiple calls to the department about a social media post, Chandler said.
“We take these threats very seriously and we continue to work with the Sacramento City Unified School District to investigate these swiftly and thoroughly,” he said.
He said there was nothing to indicate that the threat made on Friday and the one initially reported Sunday were connected.
Police cleared the campus by midafternoon Friday after sending teams to search for explosives. The department had no suspects that day but believed the suspect was a student.