A 14-year-old student at West Hills High School in Santee was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats after he allegedly posted a threat along with a picture of a Lego rifle on social media.
The school district tweeted about the arrest Wednesday morning.
Overnight, @SDSOSantee arrested a @WHHSWolfpack student for making terrorist threats after he posted a photo of a Lego rifle on social media with a threatening message. We thank law enforcement for their quick action. @SDSheriff takes any threats to our schools very seriously.
— PIO Catherine Martin (@GUHSDPIO) February 28, 2018
The freshman allegedly posted the picture of the Lego AR-15 on Instagram with the caption “Don’t come to school tomorrow,” according to 10 News.
Sheriff’s officials said another student “asked the suspect to take down the post due to its threatening implications, but he refused.” An assistant principal claims “that other students were in fear of this student.”
In response to media inquiries, here's a photo of the toy rifle that was mentioned in the threatening social media post about West Hills High School in @CityofSantee. If using this photo in your stories, please credit: "Courtesy of @SDSheriff. " pic.twitter.com/yee5fuLb33
— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) February 28, 2018
The boy was arrested in Lemon Grove. Deputies learned the student has access to hunting rifles.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department told NBC San Diego local school districts and officials are taking “every threat seriously” and nothing will be “dismissed or ignored.”
San Diego schools have seen an increase in threats made against schools since the February 14 mass shooting in Florida. Last week, a high school freshman and a 16-year-old non-student were arrested for making alleged threats against Torrey Pines High School.