Minor in Bakersfield Arrested for Shooting Threat Made Towards Chavez High on Social Media

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By Rahjan Brown

STOCKTON- A 16 year old minor has been arrested in Bakersfield in connection to a shooting threat made towards César Chavez High School. The post was made on social media late Wednesday night. Stockton Unified School District sent the following statement to parents of Chavez High:

We wanted to let you know there has been an arrest in the case involving a threatening social media post related to Cesar Chavez High School.
The SUSD Department of Public Safety takes such posts very seriously and launched an immediate investigation.  The SUSD DPS worked with Instagram to find out where the posts were coming from.  
Interim Chief of Police for Stockton Unified Department of Public Safety Richard Barries shared this information. 
SUSD Department of Public Safety investigated the threats made to Chavez High School via social media on 08/15/21. Detectives followed up on the case and identified the 16-year-old juvenile who made the post. The juvenile resides in Bakersfield, CA. Bakersfield Police Department assisted us and contacted the juvenile at his residence. Due to the juvenile residing in Bakersfield, Kern County District Attorney’s Office has jurisdiction. Bakersfield Police Department will file our case with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution of Penal Code Section 422.2:
A person who, by any means, including, but not limited to, by means of an electronic act, willfully threatens unlawful violence to another person that will result in death or great bodily injury to occur upon the grounds of a school, with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of carrying it out, and where the threat, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and that threat creates a disruption at the school, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for a term not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170. 
The Director of SUSD Family Resource Centers Motecuzoma Sanchez was given the post on 8/16/21.  He immediately followed district procedures and contacted proper authorities which launched the investigation.

“We want to thank the SUSD Department of Public Safety and all who helped bring this to a close.   We take these types of posts seriously.  The safety of students, teachers and staff is a top priority”, said Melinda Meza, Director of Communications”.

Interim SUSD Police Chief Richard Barries said, “When we receive reports of such social media posts or crimes we immediately respond to make sure there are no threats on campus.  The benefit of having a Department of Public safety allows us to respond quickly and sometimes there is already on officer on school site.  Our relationships with students and staff also helps with investigations like this.  We are here to help keep students, teachers and staff safe.  We are glad this case has been resolved in a safe manner”.

Director Motecuzoma Sanchez poses with SUSD President Cecelia Mendez and Trustee Ray Zulueta

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