In separate incidents, two high school students and a 44-year-old man have been arrested for making bomb threats and mass-shooting students, reported U.S. News on June 1.
The man, a Blackwell, Oklahoma, resident, allegedly phoned in repeated threats in February and April to two elementary, two middle, and one high school, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.
Arrested by the FBI, the long-haul trucker has been charged with one count of “making a threat through interstate commerce to damage or destroy buildings by fire or explosives.” If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison.
Berkeley police arrest potential shooter
After evading police for four days, a 16-year-old Berkely High School student turned himself in to the police. He was under investigation for his alleged attempt to recruit other students to participate in a mass shooting and bombing of his school. Assault rifles and explosive devices were found in his home.
Although arrested and taken to Juvenile Hall, the boy has not been charged. He is undergoing a mental health assessment. The investigation is ongoing, and the family has retained legal counsel.
Email threats evoked A large police response
After a second emailed threat, a Southern California teen was arrested on suspicion of writing life-threatening emails claiming there were explosive devices on campus.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded with explosive-sniffing K-9 teams to sweep the high school in Baldwin Park, a suburb east of Los Angeles. No explosive devices were found.
THREATS ARE TAKEN DEAD SERIOUSLY
In the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas, tragedy where an 18-year-old-boy with an assault rifle slaughtered 19 children and two teachers, law enforcement and mental health authorities are on high alert.
In most cases, a bomb or shooting threat is a felony under both state and federal law, regardless of whether the threat is real or not, according to the FBI.
Parents are well-advised to seek legal counsel for their own sake as well as their child's. Last year, a couple in Michigan were charged with involuntary manslaughter after their son allegedly killed four high school classmates with a gun they gave him.
For a free consultation on federal criminal defense representation, call the Sigal Law Group at 818-325-0570.
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