STOCKTON — A 14-year-old Stockton student was arrested Monday after staff discovered that he was planning a shooting at his school.
Venture Academy staff called officers Monday around 8:40 a.m. to report that a 14-year-old student had planned on committing a school shooting.
Parents of students got a voicemail about the threat Monday afternoon, around five hours after police began investigating the threat.
“This big of a situation is happening,” mom Steffani Bedford said. “It’s a little disturbing not to find out until so long after the fact.”
The 14-year-old had written down plans for the shooting, according to Officer Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Department.
The student was already detained by staff when officers arrived at Venture Academy and he was later booked into the San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of making terrorist threats.
Officers did not find any illegal items at the student’s home.
The San Joaquin County Office of Education issued a statement Monday night that read, in part:
“We are thankful to the brave students who came forward with the information. And we commend our staff and the Stockton Police Department for their quick response.”
“We can assure our school community that the student will not be on the Venture Academy campus Tuesday, or in the Forseeable future.”
But parents like Bedford aren’t satisfied with that answer.
“The situation’s calmed down now, he’s in juvenile hall, but we don’t know how soon he’s gonna be released or if he’s gonna retaliate,” Bedford said. “Clearly the kid needs help. he did this for a reason.”