A Pomona man's Facebook threats against students in the Los Angeles Unified School District weren't specific enough to warrant criminal charges, the L.A. County District Attorney has determined. The man told investigators that he'd intended to joke about how tired he is of seeing other posts about Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Kyle Bangayan, a 24-year-old Pomona man arrested Sunday for allegedly making criminal threats against L.A. school kids.
The D.A.'s office said the three Facebook postings that attracted police attention were not specific enough to constitute a crime.
In three posts, Bangayan allegedly wrote that he was sick of reading Facebook messages about the shooting at Sandy Hill Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The DA's filings said the posts "state that if people don't stop posting about the shootings, he will do the same thing."
Bangayan allegedly wrote that thousands of children die in Third World countries every day, and that Americans "need to get over" the incident.
Questioned by officers with LAPD's Northeast Division, Bangayan allegedly said the postings were "a joke" and that he "got some laughs" from his friends about them.
LAPD took Bangayan into custody on suspicion of making criminal threats. The D.A.'s office concluded that because he identified no specific targets or actions, the alleged threats were too vague to constitute a crime
Court filings said FBI agents found "nothing threatening" when they searched Bangayan's Pomona home. LAPD officers found firearms at his parents' home, but they have not said whether the guns were obtained legally.