A 16-year-old boy was arrested late Tuesday afternoon, accused of making criminal threats involving possible violence at Roseville High School.
Roseville police said the youth, a former Roseville High student, is suspected of setting up an Instagram account called “Coming4uRHS” and disseminating it to spread panic and fear at the high school. Widely available photos of guns and other images from the Internet were used to populate the account, according to Police Department news release.
The youth was taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall.
Roseville police received calls and messages from parents about a rumor on Monday being spread through social media of threats of violence on the Roseville campus.
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Officers, aided by high school administrators, spoke with numerous students Monday night. Visits were made to students’ homes to nail down the source of the rumors, according to a police Facebook post.
To calm any lingering worry, additional officers were to have been on the Roseville High School campus Tuesday as the investigation continued.
“The safety of our children is our highest priority, and that’s why we immediately put every available resource to investigate the threats and increase the safety of the Roseville High campus today,” police said in a written statement Tuesday evening. “We appreciate the help and cooperation of the Rosevile High School administration and the Roseville Joint Union High School District as we worked with them through this challenging situation.”
The rumor mill also swept up Rocklin High School. To allay fears of Rocklin parents, the high school’s administration sent out an email that read in part: “We received word from Roseville Police Department overnight that the threat made yesterday was actually directed at Roseville High School. The Roseville Police Department investigated the threat and identified the source and at NO TIME was Rocklin High School threatened.”
As a precautionary measure, extra police were to have been on the Rocklin High School campus Tuesday.