PALMDALE – A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody Friday for allegedly making criminal threats, which triggered two lockdowns at Palmdale High School, authorities said.
The incident began around 8 a.m. Friday (Nov. 7), when the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station received a 9-1-1 call from the parent of a Palmdale High School student, according to Sgt. Theresa Dawson of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“The parent advised she saw several threats on social media stating there was going to be a shooting at Palmdale High School,” Dawson stated. “Lancaster Station’s School Safety Unit immediately placed Palmdale High School on lockdown and responded to investigate the threats.”
Dawson said investigators were not able to “identify the origin or legitimize the original threats,” so the school lockdown was released. Several parents said the lockdown was lifted around 9 a.m., but then the school was placed on lockdown again, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“Additional threats were posted via social media depicting firearms,” Dawson stated. “Based on the additional threats, Palmdale High School was again placed on lockdown.”
This time, school investigators were able to identify the person making the threats via social media, according to Dawson.
She said the investigation led deputies to the 38800 block of 4th Street East in Palmdale, where deputies found the 14-year-old boy.
“Deputies contacted and detained the subject, who admitted to making the threats,” Dawson stated. “One replica ‘Airsoft’ semi auto handgun was recovered at the subject’s home.”
The 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, and the investigation is being handled by Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives, according to Dawson.