Source: MSPD FB Page
Due to the ongoing investigation, there are many details that we are unable to share with the public at this time. However, based on the information known to law enforcement and the school administration there was no immediate or imminent threat of violence, but the threat was found to be in the initial planning stages. Steps were taken to ensure student safety including constant observation of the student in question. At the request of the Mt. Shasta Police Department the Mt. Shasta High School administration held off on making an announcement until we had completed our initial investigation and provided a press release. This was done to ensure that the investigation was not hindered in any way.
On September 11, 2023, the Mt. Shasta Police Department was notified by the Mt. Shasta High School of a potential threat made towards the school by a student. Officers began an investigation and determined that a threat to commit a future school shooting was made and was credible. The investigating officer obtained a search warrant and on September 12, 2023, officers executed the search warrant at the residence of the juvenile. During the search of the residence, evidence was located that substantiated the threats made, including the seizure of 3 firearms, 1 shotgun, two rifles (semi-automatic .308 rifle and a semi-automatic .22 rifle), approximately 967 rounds of .22 ammunition and assorted shotgun ammunition.
A 16-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody and booked at the Siskiyou County Juvenile Hall for making criminal threats against a school.
Currently the Mt. Shasta Police Department does not believe there is any further threat towards the school and there are no other persons of interest. The Mt. Shasta High School did an excellent job following their protocols and assisting the Mt. Shasta Police Department with their investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone having any information regarding this case are asked to please contact the Mt. Shasta Police Department. Reference Case #2309M-0259.
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