Social Media Threats – 04/06/2018

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, at about 11:21 p.m., Clovis Police Department Dispatch received a telephone call in reference to threats against Clovis High School. Officers responded to the complainant’s home where they were presented with a screen shot of a Snapchat social media posting. Within the posting was a photo of a person holding a rifle, and captions stating “F*** CHS I’m going out with a bang” and “don’t go to school tmrw”. Shortly after this, the department received additional calls in reference to this posting.

A Detective was activated and responded to the Police Department to investigate the incident.

The person in the photo was identified as a juvenile, a 17 year old male. Officers responded to the suspects address assisted by Deputies of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Officers and Deputies responded to the juvenile’s home where they contacted him. After receiving a waiver of his rights pursuant to the Children’s Code, the juvenile was interviewed by a Detective. During the interview, the juvenile confirmed the picture was of him, but relayed that he did not post the captions to the post. As the interview continued, the juvenile ultimately stated he did create a portion of one of the captions, “F*** CHS.”

An arrest warrant was generated for the juvenile for the delinquent act of Aggravated Assault on a School Employee. He was taken into custody without incident. The initial portion of the investigation progressed efficiently with the cooperation of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the Clovis Municipal Schools. An increased law enforcement presence may be seen at our local municipal schools.

The Clovis Police Department is continuing the investigation into this incident.