Two Savanna High School students were arrested in West Anaheim, California, on Thursday for allegedly plotting to attack the school with a bomb and guns. After school staff saw their posts on social media, the two teen boys were arrested before school on Thursday morning.
Savanna High School serves more than 2,000 students and is a California Gold Ribbon School according to the Anaheim Union School District website. Thursday was the last day of school for the Savannah Rebels, and students and staff were still on campus. The graduation ceremony took place at another location Thursday afternoon.
Two 16-year-old boys arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out attacks at Savanna High School in Anaheim https://t.co/LgBZAcJtLu
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According to the Los Angeles Times, school administrators contacted the Anaheim police after seeing threats posted online. Law enforcement was able to quickly identify the juveniles and they were arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and booked into the Orange County Juvenile Hall.
The Orange County Register reported the two boys, both juniors, were arrested without incident. A police statement indicated one was arrested at his home and the other at school before classes began. The Register also reported authorities searched both boys’ homes and found no indication they had the capability to initiate an attack.
“The arrests should also serve as a message to all that the school district and the police department take these threats seriously and swift enforcement action will be taken in accordance with the letter of the law. Parents, staff, and students are encouraged to “See Something, Say Something,” read a statement released by the Anaheim Police Department.
A post on Facebook from a Savanna High graduate expressed gratitude for the quick arrests.
“Thank you Anaheim Police Department for the quick reaction to de-escalate what could have been another tragedy for many Anaheim families, children and educational staff at Savanna Rebels.”
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