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No charges filed in Yreka school threat

The District Attorney says it will continue investigating, but there isn't enough evidence to charge the minor right now.

Posted: Oct 25, 2019 6:21 PM

YREKA, Calif. -- A student arrested for making threats at Yreka High School is not facing any felony charges. The Siskiyou County District Attorney said there's not enough evidence. Police say the student was arrested Tuesday after making "terrorist threats" and released Thursday. Yreka High School officials canceled classes Friday when they learned the suspect had been released.

Parents tell NewsWatch12 they're worried for their child's safety now.

Steve Vanhise's daughter is a freshman at Yreka High. He said the suspect  sat across from his daughter in class.

Vanhise said, "He's now back at home, in the same home where he could have easily seized a firearm from... that's not okay."

Vanhise said he wants to know why police released the suspect. He's worried for his daughter's safety.

"She tells me this kid talks about drinking people's blood and hanging them from meat hooks, that's a problem and they just sent him right home?" he said. 

Yreka Police and the Siskiyou County District Attorney's office have been working together to investigate the case. Friday, they were interviewing more witnesses and students. The Assistant District Attorney, Martha Aker, said there isn't enough evidence to file a detention hearing. That's why he was released Thursday.

"There is not a crime that fits this fact scenario," Aker said. "Unless we have a crime, we can only hold people for so long."

Aker said they're working to do everything they can to protect the public. "We are actually working with the police and communicating with them on removing firearms from the home the minor is living in," she said. 

The D.A. and police will continue investigating.

"We may find there is a case," Aker said. "In the meantime, the goal of everyone is to keep people safe and try to get help for this minor who is obviously in a distressed situation."

Vanhise said they're considering pulling their daughter from Yreka to start homeschooling. Not only because of the situation, but because he said Yreka High School officials didn't directly notify parents of what was going on. He said he found out through a text message that was sent to his daughter on Tuesday.

Stay with NewsWatch12 for updates.

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