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Olympian High School Student Arrested for Social Media Threat Posted in Jest

An Olympian High School sophomore was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making a threat on social media, Chula Vista police confirmed.

In her Instagram post, the 10th grader threatened a school shooting, police said.

Olympian HS officials contacted police on Wednesday after they saw the threat on Instagram. 

Officers went to the student's home and interviewed her and her mother. Both were cooperative of the investigation.

The student admitted that she made the threat, but told police that she made it as a joke and thought it would be funny.

Officers searched the girl's house and found no weapons. She was taken into custody and transported to Juvenile Hall.

"The Chula Vista Police Department takes all school threats seriously, regardless of the intent or the ability of a person’s ability to carry out the threat at that time," the department said in a release detailing the incident.

In the weeks following the deadly Parkland, Florida high school shooting, law enforcement agencies in San Diego have made several arrests regarding threats. 

On Monday, March 5, a teenager was booked into juvenile hall, accused of making criminal threats on social media aimed at Canyon Crest Academy. The school is in the San Dieguito Union High School District.

A Borrego Springs High School student was suspended on March 1 for threatening to blow up the school. County prosecutors determined no charges would be filed in the case.

A 14-year-old West Hills High School freshman was arrested on Feb. 28 for posting a photo of an AR-15 rifle made out of Legos on Instagram with a caption that read, "Don't come to school tomorrow." 

On Feb. 27, a Westview High School student was arrested after he was overheard telling classmates to stay home, SDPD investigators said. The unidentified teenager was booked into juvenile hall. 

On Feb. 26, a teenager, 17, who was a former student of Torrey Pines High School was arrested and accused of threatening to conduct a shooting at the school. It was the second arrest involving the school. In an unrelated case, a 14-year-old freshman was booked into juvenile hall for making verbal and written threats to harm others, police said.

San Diego police are looking for leads into who tagged various buildings on the campus of Rancho Bernardo High School. The messages discovered by staff on Monday, Feb. 26 referenced the deadly Parkland shooting. 

On Feb. 23, an 18-year-old El Centro man was charged with making criminal threats against students and teachers at Imperial High School in Imperial County.

On Feb. 21, San Diego police were made aware of messages on social media threatening a shooting at two Clairemont schools - Madison High School and Creative Performing Media Arts Middle School. The next day, a second message was posted that added San Diego High School and School of Creative and Performing Arts to the list of possible targets. Officials with San Diego Unified School District said the threats were believed to be connected to a middle school student.

On Feb. 20, a message scrolled on the wall of a girls' bathroom prompted an increase in security at High Tech High in Point Loma. That same week, additional security was in place at San Marcos High School for a separate threat and at Scripps Ranch High School following a student's comment perceived to be threatening to public safety. 

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