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Fairfield Student Arrested, Accused of Making Threats on Social Media

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FAIRFIELD --

A 15-year-old student has been arrested after making threats to harm people at Vanden High School.

Fairfield Police Sergeant Jeff Osgood told FOX40 a parent brought a troublesome Twitter post to their attention Monday night at around 7:30 p.m. He said that post contained a photo of student holding a rifle, and had a caption that threatened doing harm to people on campus Tuesday.

Around 10 p.m. the suspect was located at his home in Vacaville. He was taken into custody without incident.

After finding the weapon at another family member's home, authorities determined the gun in the photo was a .22 caliber rifle; they also confiscated the weapon.

"In this case, I understand the student made comments that it was funny, or would be funny, and clearly it's not," Sergeant Osgood said.

One student told FOX40 his parents pulled him out of class early Tuesday, after Travis Unified School District issued a press release regarding the threat.

"I was concerned to see if the person was arrested and how long he'll be in jail because he hasn't done it, but he was thinking about killing people," Robert Rincon said.

The School District has not yet responded to FOX40's request for more information.

Sergeant Osgood said it is now up to the District Attorney and Probation Department to determine what charges, if any the accused teenager will face.

"We know teenagers make all sorts of rash decisions without really thinking through the consequences and it happens everyday when people post dangerous things online ... so let's take this as a teachable moment on how to educate our kids ... It should be concerning to everybody. It scares the heck out of people to know that their kid is at a school that's a target of that threat, but by the same token we have be realistic that hoaxes occur on a regular basis. So we have to on one hand, take them all very seriously, but temper our responses to reflect both realities," Sergeant Osgood said.

The suspect's identity is withheld because he is a minor.