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.

Article Comments

Medford
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 48°
Brookings
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 54°
Crater Lake
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 44°
Grants Pass
Broken Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 50°
Klamath Falls
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 44°
Wet Weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Saturday, January 25 morning weather

Image

ROUNDBALL WRAP: LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE SCORES AND HIGHLIGHTS - WEEK 6

Image

Friday, January 24 evening weather

Image

Jordan Cove withdraws permit application, Oregon State Lands officials say

Image

'Bring Your Own' campaign in Talent

Image

Powering the Storm

Image

Friday, January 24 afternoon weather

Image

Friday, January 24 morning weather

Image

Thursday, January 23rd Overnight Weather

Image

Thursday, January 23rd Evening Weather