3 arrests made in connection with Rocklin school threats

SACRAMENTO - Police made three arrests Thursday in connection with threats being made against two Rocklin high schools.

The Rocklin Police Department released a statement Friday morning announcing they had arrested 18-year-old Justin Hermann and two minors in connection with threats of gun violence posted on Twitter against Whitney High School and Rocklin High School.

On Thursday, Rocklin police received information from the Whitney High School principal concerning a rumor circulating throughout the school of a threat of guns and a campus shooting to occur Friday, May 30.

An ensuing investigation by Rocklin police and Rocklin Unified School District officials traced the rumor to an Instagram profile created in April 2014. The description on the profile read, "Whitney High School new world order 5/30/14."

No evidence of guns, a shooting or threats were found on the profile, police detailed.

The release stated students did not report the Instagram profile until Thursday because they, "didn't think much of the profile until they realized that the following day (Friday, May 30th) was the day mentioned in the post."

Despite a lack of substance or criminality to the rumors, Rocklin police and RUSD made precautionary notifications about the profile to ensure student safety. The notification resulted in numerous social media conversations and anonymous tips to the Rocklin Police Department regarding the original Instagram account, according to the release.

Later in the day, police discovered separate and independent threats of gun violence against Whitney and Rocklin high schools posted on Twitter. The threats were not believed to be associated with the original Instagram posting, police stated.

According to the report, investigators tracked several leads through various social media outlets, which led to the identification of three suspects. Officers immediately responded to the homes the two juveniles and Hermann where each was taken into custody

The juveniles were booked into Placer County Juvenile Hall for annoying electronic communications and criminal threats. Their identities were withheld due to their ages.

Hermann was booked into Placer County Jail on charges of making criminal threats through a third party and obstructing a police investigation

Due to the ongoing status of the investigation, police did not disclose how the individuals were identified, nor did they disclose the specific threats made against the schools. Police did say the threats were determined to be gun related and were made in a variety of different posts.

The release stated police will have increased patrols at RUSD schools.

"The Rocklin Police Department and the Rocklin Unified School District are committed to working together to keep our children safe. We take all threats of violence at our schools or in our City seriously and will investigate to the fullest extent to bring criminals to justice," Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence said.


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