Burbank Police arrested a 16 year-old John Burroughs High School student after he reportedly made a threat to shoot a fellow student. According to police, the teen posted the threat by tweeting it on Twitter. Apparently the threat indicated that the intended victim was going to be shot “Columbine Style,” a reference to the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado several years ago.
Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Burbank Police Communications Center received several phone calls from adults and teens that the threat had been posted on Twitter. One anonymous caller identified the suspect and victim as students at John Burroughs High
Officers immediately contacted the alleged suspect and his intended victim. No firearms were found at the boy’s home. As a result of their investigation, the boy was placed under arrest for violating section 422 of the California Penal Code, making terrorist threats. The boy was cited to appear in Juvenile Court in Pasadena, and release to the custody of his mother. Because he is a juvenile, his name isn’t being released. He has reportedly been removed from attending school due to the incident
The Burbank Unified School District and Police Department continue to work together on all cyber threats or bullying incidents directed at students and stuff, to ensure the safety of everyone. The police department would like to thank those individuals who came forward as soon as they were aware of this cyber-bullying incident. According to department spokesman Sgt. Darin Ryburn, “Their willingness to become involved resulted in the immediate identification and arrest of the individual involved.”