Santa Rosa high school student arrested for online bomb threats

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KRON) – A student at Santa Rosa High School has been arrested after issuing an online bomb threat, targeting specific ethnic and racial groups.

At around 11 a.m. on Monday, officers from the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) responded to a call about a potential threat to students at Santa Rosa High School.

According to SRPD, school administrators were told Monday morning that an unknown person had posted two messages on Instagram threatening the students.

The threat targeted specific ethnic and racial groups.

Police said the messages were released on December 24, when schools were closed for winter break.

During the investigation, detectives were able to link the Instagram account to a 15-year-old student at Santa Rosa High School.

SRPD detectives worked with school administrators to place the student in custody on Wednesday.

School administrators were able to remove the student from the classroom and were detained by detectives.

The student was searched and areas to which the student had access were also searched, police said.

Meanwhile, another team of detectives served a search warrant at the student’s home in Santa Rosa.

According to SRPD, the social media threat was unfounded and no evidence of bomb-making equipment was found on the 15-year-old student or the ability to follow through on the threat.

The 15-year-old student was arrested for committing a hate crime and jailed at the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Center.

SRPD said that depending on the age of the student, no additional information will be released about their identity.

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