Millikan High student arrested for making threats on Facebook

On April 21, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers arrested a Millikan High School student after classmates had reported threats on the social-network website Facebook.
On April 20, LBPD officers had responded to a home in East Long Beach to contact a female juvenile regarding threats posted online. Officers learned during a preliminary investigation that an unknown subject had befriended a circle of friends on Facebook, all students of the same high school, a week earlier.
Over the next few days the subject made several threats of harm to the students. Officers and detectives, concerned for the safety of the students and the school, worked diligently conducting interviews and gathering information from various sources. After many hours of investigation, officers learned the identity of the subject. 
Armed with a search warrant, officers went to the home of the subject on the west side of Long Beach and took him into custody, at approximately 7am, without incident. Officers confiscated several items of evidence, which included a computer and other electronic devices. 
The subject is being identified only as a 17-year-old male student of Millikan High School. He was booked at the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division and charged with making criminal threats and obstruction of justice, and later released to his parents. 
“The Long Beach Police Department took immediate action upon notification of this incident to investigate the circumstances surrounding any potential for violence on the school campus,” said Police Chief Jim McDonnell. “We will not tolerate any threats or behaviors with propensity for violence towards our students.”
The LBPD is reminding all social-media users, teens and adults, that posting threats online is a crime. Anyone who posts messages threatening to harm another person is subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.  According to the LBPD, social media should not be used as a venue to cause harm or intimidation, and parents of juvenile social-network users should closely monitor their children’s online activities and follow some basic safety precautions: 
• Remind children not to accept friend requests from people they don’t know.
• Ensure that their privacy settings are adjusted to safeguard any personal identifying information.
• Help kids understand what information should be kept private and why.
• See that they only post information that you and they are comfortable with others seeing.
• Remind kids that anything they post online cannot be taken back and is traceable.
• Know what sites your kids are visiting.
• If you feel your child has been the victim of online threats or bullying, contact your local authorities or school campus safety personnel.
Those with any information about this case are encouraged to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Services Division detectives at (562) 570-1426. Anonymous tips may also be submitted via text or email by visiting longbeach.gov/police.

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