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Threats Towards Willits High Result in Student’s Arrest— Police Determine Juvenile Had Means to Carry Them Out


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. 

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  1. Just give your kids Prozac and wait, suicide or murder is common with this class of drugs. Read the warning label, its right there under side effects.
    The drug companies work hard to keep settlements out of the news. Non disclosure agreements need to be banned.

  2. Well from someone who lives in willits I can tell u WPD doesn’t take anything seriously that’s y it took them 2 hours to respond to shots fired call at the ampm station at the intersection of 101 and hwy 20 a few months ago willits pd is worthless and doesn’t do shit

    • Well they did last nite.

      Purely black/white viewpoints are naive, myopic, and wasteful towards any of the positive done.

      Maybe, since you think you know so well, why don’t you go join WPD and “fix” it.

      I seriously doubt WPD ignored a call of shots fired at the AMPM.
      Any clue as to what other calls were already in progress at that time?
      Or the priority attributed to those calls?
      Did you try to find out?

      Or is hate your default reaction?


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