Crime & Justice

2 Anaheim students arrested after threatening school violence online

File: In this photo taken Wednesday, July 25, 2012, palm trees frame the Anaheim City Hall in Anaheim.
File: In this photo taken Wednesday, July 25, 2012, palm trees frame the Anaheim City Hall in Anaheim.
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Anaheim police arrested two 16-year-old students of Savanna High School before classes began Thursday morning for making threats online targeting the school. 

The students, both juniors, had posted threatening statements on their Instagram and Kik accounts early Thursday. They said they were placing bombs and planning shootings of the Anaheim high school that day, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt

“In today’s day and age, there’s no such thing as a joke about committing acts of school violence,” Wyatt told KPCC. “We have to take them seriously.” 

School administrators saw the posts early Thursday morning and contacted police, Wyatt said. Police immediately opened an investigation and worked with the school to identify the students and make the arrests in a matter of hours. 

The posts and the students' identities have not been released to the public due to them being part of an ongoing investigation, according to Wyatt. Police have not located any evidence that proved the teenagers could have carried out acts of violence beyond the online threats, he said. 

Savanna High School had 2,055 students as of last year, according to the school's Accountability Report Card.