Auburn police arrested a 14-year-old student Monday for criminal threats after seeing text messages threatening a school shooting at Placer High School, officials said.
According to a news release from the Auburn Police Department, an “alert parent” went to the police station Sunday with his 15-year-old son to report suspicious text messages he saw on his son’s phone.
The text messages “indicated that another juvenile was planning a school shooting at Placer High School,” the release said. The suspect was arrested Monday.
Both the 15-year-old son of the reporting parent and the suspect are students at Inspire Learning Academy in Auburn, the release said.
The police department thanked the reporting parent in the news release for recognizing the serious nature of the messages and for being diligent in reporting them. Auburn police “believe the parent’s actions averted a school shooting,” the release said.
The Auburn Police Department will continue to work with schools in the city to make sure they remain safe, the release said, but the department has no reason to believe anyone else is involved in the case or that there are any outstanding threats to the school or the community.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 530-823-4237, ext. 207, or the Communications Center, open 24 hours a day, at 530-823-4234.