Suspect Related to Reported Threats at Sacramento-Area High Schools Arrested

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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Police Department has arrested a suspect connected to a series of threats made against local high schools.

Monday night just before 9:30 p.m., authorities received a report about a viral Instagram post that showed multiple school threats.

The posts in question included photographs and text directly stating the person planned on detonating explosives or shooting up multiple high schools throughout Sacramento.

"Part of those schools was McClatchy High School, Hiram Johnson High School, American Legion and Valley High School. So our officers acted quickly and immediately investigated this reported threat," said Sacramento police Sgt. Vance Chandler.

At around 3 a.m. Tuesday, they tracked down the person they say was responsible, a high school student under age of 18. They arrested the boy on suspicion of making terrorist threats.

Detectives have determined there is no credible threat based on the social media posts.

Sacramento City Unified School District released the following statement on Facebook:

Dear Families--Last night you may have heard about an Instagram threat directed at some our high schools. We want you to know that the Sacramento Police Department has arrested the individual who made the threats. Please rest assured that it is safe to come to school. See you in class! 

That was the first district-wide communication about the matter and the timing prompted some criticism online. However, a district spokesperson told FOX40 that while they do not have an overnight communications staff, the deputy superintendent assisted investigators overnight. Additionally, all high schools identified in the threat sent out messages via email and telephone to families and students between 5 and 6 a.m.

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