A 14-year-old male student at Tincher Preparatory School in east Long Beach was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening to harm others at the campus, authorities said.
The eighth grader had made the threat in the past week but on Thursday a staff member overheard students talking about the threat and reported it to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), officials said in a release.
Officers were then dispatched at noon to the campus, which is nearby Cal State Long Beach, to assist a Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education public safety officer who had the student detained.
The student was subsequently arrested by police for threatening school officials.
This was the third arrest of a Long Beach student made by police and the fourth school threat made this week.
“The Police Department is committed to fully investigate each threat. When probable cause exists, appropriate enforcement action will be taken,” authorities stated. “We focus on ensuring the safety of students, school staff and community members as we respond to these incidents.
“We continue to encourage students, parents, and school staff to immediately report any information that poses a threat to the safety of others. We continue to communicate with the Long Beach Unified School District, as well as local, regional and federal law enforcement partners, to share information and ensure the safety of our schools and our community. We ask that the public remember to follow the philosophy of “See Something, Say Something” when witnessing or hearing suspicious activity.”
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Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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