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Two High School Freshmen Arrested, Were Planning Attack On Riverside High School

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Two 15-year-old students from Martin Luther King Jr. High in Riverside were detained Monday by police after an alleged plan to attack the school was uncovered, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

The suspects, both freshmen at the school, were booked into Riverside County Juvenile Hall, and later charged with conspiracy to commit murder, as well as possession of knives and ammunition on campus.
According to ABC 7, the plans first came to light when an anonymous tipster told school staff that a weapon was brought to campus at the high school. The report, made before school started on Monday, led the administration to call the police, who then came to detain the two suspects. Following a search of their homes, as well as interrogation, police believe that the suspects had planned to carry out an attack on the school in 2020.

"They may have been planning through some of the stuff [for] their senior year, but that's not to say that they couldn't have done this at another time before that," Ryan Railsback, an officer with the Riverside Police Department, told ABC 7. A joint release by the RPD and the Riverside Unified School District assured parents that a threat was not imminent at any time. The release added that police presence on campus has been heightened, however, "to ensure the continued safety of students and parents."

Authorities have not announced what, exactly, the suspects were allegedly planning to do, and what evidence was discovered at their residences. Their identities have not yet been released. According to the Press-Telegram, a third student was also detained on Monday and is currently being questioned about the case.

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LAist called the RPD and the Riverside District Attorney's office, but no one was immediately available for a comment.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call Detective Jim Simons at (951)353-7138 or School Resource Officer Jeff Mattson at (951) 789-5690, ext. 62249.