The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On the evening of March 15th, 2022, Willits PD (WPD) Officers were alerted by a concerned citizen of threats made towards Willits High School. The reporting party provided WPD Officers with a screenshot of a social media post made by a juvenile student who attends the high school.
The nature of the post was serious and deemed credible that such an act could take place. The Willits High School principal was immediately advised and the juvenile suspect was identified and subsequently contacted at his residence.
During the course of the investigation, further evidence was located that supported the ability of the threats to be carried out. The juvenile was ultimately arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Juvenile Hall for violation of 422 PC (Criminal
Threats). The principal was advised of the juvenile’s arrest. The Willits Police Department would like to add that there are no additional threats or suspects outstanding in this incident.
The Willits Police Department would also like to thank the vigilance of the community member who reported the social media post. Their actions could very well have averted a serious incident. WPD, and all law enforcement agencies, take threats toward the school community seriously. Given the history in recent years of school violence in the country, these type of threats cannot be dismissed as “pranks” or “jokes” and must be investigated promptly and thoroughly. WPD encourages everyone to immediately notify their local law enforcement agency when they suspect threats of violence towards schools.