Auburn police say school shooting averted; teen arrested |

Auburn police say school shooting averted; teen arrested

Auburn police say they arrested a 14-year-old student Monday on accusations the teen planned a shooting at Placer High School.

The teen, who isn’t named in a release, faces a criminal threats charge. Police said they don’t believe anyone else is involved or any current threat exists to the school.

Police learned about the threat after a parent on Sunday saw suspicious texts on his 15-year-old son’s phone, reports state.

“The messages indicated that another juvenile was planning a school shooting at Placer High School,” the release states.

Officers arrested the 14-year-old student on Monday. Both teens attend Inspire Learning Academy.

“We believe the parent’s actions averted a school shooting,” the release states.

Police note that this past weekend was the 20th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.

“The safety of our children, schools and community is paramount and protecting them is our top priority,” Chief Ryan Kinnan said. “We take all reports of threats seriously, which is why we investigated this so quickly.”

Anyone with information about the investigation should contact police at 530-823-4237, extension 207.

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