A student at Venture Academy in Stockton has been arrested after it was discovered he was planning on committing a shooting at the school, according to the Stockton Police Department.
At approximately 8:40 a.m. Monday, officers with the Stockton Police Department were called to the charter school, located in the 2800 block of Transworld Drive, after school staff reported a student planned on carrying out a shooting at the school, according to the police department.
Upon arrival by authorities, the staff at the school already had the 14-year-old male student detained. Stockton police said he also had written plans on how he was going to commit the shooting.
A search of the student’s home was later performed by police, though nothing illegal was located.
The student was booked into San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on terrorist threats.
“The Stockton Police Department will continue to work closely with our schools to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” said Stockton Police Department Public Information Officer Joe Silva. We take all threats seriously and will investigate them thoroughly. Those making threats will be held accountable for their actions.”
The San Joaquin County Office of Education also released a statement on the incident:
Today, administration at Venture Academy Family of Schools learned that a student had made disturbing comments of a threatening nature about the school to other students. School staff met with the student and immediately contacted the student's family and the Stockton Police Department.
At no time were any students or staff in harm's way. Police met with the student and the student's family. The Stockton Police Department has released more information about what followed.
Venture Academy does not tolerate this type of behavior and appropriate disciplinary action is taking place. Because of our legal responsibility to ensure student confidentiality, we cannot go into more detail about the incident or the disciplinary process. But we can assure our school community that the student will not be on the Venture Academy campus on Tuesday or in the foreseeable future.
Recent events at schools in the country have heightened everyone's concern for the safety of students. We take any type of threat seriously and have the full cooperation of Stockton Police.
We are thankful to the brave students who came forward with the information. And we commend our staff and the Stockton Police Department for their quick response.
We encourage parents to talk to their students about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats, or disturbing information to a trusted adult. The safety of our students and our staff is our first priority, and we will continue to be vigilant.
In addition, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs provided a statement on Monday's arrest of the 14-year-old.
“I’m glad school officials and our police responded quickly today. It’s still early and we don’t know a lot of the details. However, it’s important to take these matters seriously and that members of the public report any suspicious activity.”