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Sonoma Valley student arrested for Snapchat threat

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A Sonoma Valley High School student’s threatening social media post has led to the arrest of the student and an unsettling day for students and families in the high school community.

A Snapchat post was disseminated Wednesday to several students around midday warning of a “school shooter threat” at the high school on Friday, March 1. It urged “Don’t go!” and insisted it was “no joke.” The threat was quickly brought to the attention of school staff, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, and the school’s on-campus resource deputy began investigating the incident.

After interviewing several students, the suspect who had sent the post was identified as a student of SVHS. The 16-year-old juvenile was arrested on charges of making criminal threats and a false report of emergency. The suspect was booked into custody at Juvenile Hall.

In a message to the school community following the incident, Sonoma Valley High School Principal Justin Mori applauded the students and teachers who immediately reported the information.

In the message, Mori reminded school community members to “report posts such as these immediately and assist us by not spreading rumors or fear.”

He urged students to use the school confidential tip line or speak with any adult on campus in the event they learn of rumored threats to school safety.

As to the student suspected in the Feb. 27 threat, Mori said, “Appropriate discipline/consequences will occur from both a law enforcement and school perspective to ensure the safety of our school campus.”

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