Lawndale teenage girl arrested for making threats against students, school

City News Service | 10/23/2013, 6:24 p.m.
Lawndale High School

LAWNDALE, Calif. — A 17-year-old female student was arrested today for allegedly making threats via Twitter to shoot students at Lawndale High School, authorities said.

The girl was arrested at her home about 6:30 a.m. on suspicion of felony criminal threats, and was booked at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, the sheriff’s department reported. Her name was not released.

Extra sheriff’s deputies were deployed today to the campus at 14901 Inglewood Ave. “to reassure everyone” that the school is safe, the sheriff’s department reported.

Deputies received call early this morning “from a concerned person stating someone made threats via Twitter to shoot students at school,” sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said.

Investigators this afternoon were in the process of serving a search warrant at the teen’s Lawndale home to search for possible weapons, authorities said.

“Threats such as these are taken very seriously,” Parker said. “Criminal threats bring fear to students, faculty, parents, and the community.”