Teen arrested for uttering terror threats against local high schools on Instagram

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A teenager in Sacramento is under arrest for uttering terrorist threats in high schools in the region. Police said it was a wake-up call for parents to remain vigilant regarding smartphones and computers in the hands of children.

Any threat to social media is taken seriously by the police. They said that in most cases, if threats are made on a computer or smartphone, they can be located.

"I saw McClatchy, I saw a legion, I saw Valley, I saw some others, I think." And I wondered what would make anyone want to do that, "said Paul Bowa, a student at the American Legion.

By using the Instagram account @Aimbotsfordays, the messages threaten to shoot or bombard several high schools in the Sacramento area. Bowa said the threat was real enough for him as he read the stories on Monday.

"I would not have gone to school today, knowing that my school could be one of the first targets," said Bowa.

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Letters and voicemails were sent to parents when police received several calls for viral publications. School resource officers, detectives and dispatchers responded to more than 100 threat appeals.

The threat consisted of several stories on Instagram using language like "I honestly wanted to do this school, it's my first target."

Working day and night, the detectives found the boy at 3am. Tuesday morning and arrested for terrorist threats.

It may be a joke that goes wrong, but in the current climate, the Sacramento police say your computer or smartphone is an imprint that gives them the tools to investigate threats, whether real or harmless.

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"In general, using social media is as easy as locating an IP address. With this IP address, you can usually find out who this carrier or ISP is, but also find the place where this usage comes from, "said Marcus Basquez with the police. Sacramento.

The teenager can not be identified because he is a minor. Police determined on Tuesday that there was no credible threat because of the posts.

"In today's environment, in today's society, thanks to social media platforms, it creates a whole new environment that police officers or detectives have to go through," Basquez said.

Some students take this as a teaching moment about what they can post on social media. Police are asking parents to monitor their children's social media posts, even if it means activating parental controls.