12-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of making threats at Marshall Middle School

Long Beach police took a middle school student into custody on Friday after she allegedly made a threat against Marshall Middle School on the internet.

A parent on Thursday alerted school officials to social media posts they were concerned about. Officers went to the school Friday morning and interviewed witnesses about the incident, Detective Jennifer Arzola said on Saturday.

“Detectives were able to identify the person who created the account and took a 12-year-old female student at Marshall Middle School into custody,” Arzola said. “Detectives do not believe there is any threat to the school.”

Police could not immediately say what the social media posts were, but the Press-Telegram reported that two Instagram accounts had photos with guns with the dates Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 and said “Get ready.” One account posted two additional temporary photos with threatening messages, according to the P-T.

Anyone who has information regarding the recent threats is urged to call Violent Crimes Detectives at 562-570-7250.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.