MERCED, Calif. (KMPH) — — Merced Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy for making threats on social media to carry out a shooting.
Police were alerted before 8:00 p.m. Saturday after the teen posted on Snapchat that “if he received enough likes on one of his posts, he would shoot up a dance that was taking place at Merced High School,” Police say.
The teenager was found at his parents house.
He told officers the social media posts were posted as “just a joke” and he wasn’t serious about following up on those threats.
He was arrested for making criminal threats.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information to contact Office Richter at (209) 388-7801.
The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.