Two students arrested following Stockton’s Franklin High School shooting threat

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STOCKTON -- Two students have been arrested after authorities connected them to a shooting threat against Franklin High School in Stockton.

Wednesday night, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received information that a "possible shooting" might occur at the high school on Thursday.

Investigators say the threat was detailed in multiple posts made on the 209 Times Instagram page.

"An AK-47 was mentioned. A 100-round drum was mentioned that holds bullets, but only a picture of a handgun was shown on the Instagram," San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow said.

The special knowledge school resource officers have of their campus and their relationships with their students were key in unraveling the alleged plot, officials said.

"That helps expedite the process in identifying who we may need to look at or talk to," Stockton Unified School District Police Chief Anne Johnston said.

Both students, ages 14 and 17, were arrested around 3 a.m. Thursday. They're being held in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Facility.

"We're gonna take action. They're gonna be arrested and they're gonna be held accountable. For the families of the children who go to the schools here in Stockton and all of San Joaquin County," Withrow said. "They should take solace in knowing that their law enforcement is here. We're on top of those things as soon as we hear about them. We act quickly on them to make sure their children are always safe."

The students' arrests came just hours before a deadly shooting unfolded at a high school in Santa Clarita. Two students were killed. The suspected gunman, also a student, is said to be in grave condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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