Long Beach Teen Arrested for Alleged Facebook Threats
A 17-year-old student at Millikan High was arrested Thursday after allegedly threatening violence in a series of Facebook posts.
The teen was booked early Thursday on charges of making criminal threats and obstruction of justice and later released to his parents. He threatened to harm a "small number" of classmates just a few days after friending them on the social network, according to Long Beach police. After identifying the suspect, police searched his house, seizing his computer and other evidence.
"The Long Beach Police Department took immediate action upon notification of this incident to investigate the circumstances surrounding any potential for violence on the school campus. We will not tolerate any threats or behaviors with propensity for violence towards our students," Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said in a statement.
Millkan High held a PTA meeting followed by a "fun and informative" presentation on cyber bullying Thursday evening.