Yreka Union High School closed Friday, threat suspect released to parents

The School says they made the decision after an incident earlier in the week involving the arrest of a student.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 7:30 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2019 3:44 PM

YREKA, Cal. -- The Yreka Police Department said tips led to the arrest of a student for making a threat. 

Yreka Union High School was closed Friday. All sports and activities were also canceled. 

The Yreka Police Department said it got information about specific threats toward Yreka High School Students on Tuesday. The tips were investigated. Police said they found the threats to be credible. 

Police found and arrested the juvenile suspect. That person was booked on terrorist threat charges. 

The Yreka Police Department learned Thursday that the suspect had been released to his parents. 

(Updated 10/25/19 3:42 p.m.)

ORIGINAL POST (10/24/2019): The Yreka Union High School says it will be closed on Friday.  All sports and activities for Friday are also canceled.  They made the decision because a student, arrested earlier this week, has been released to his parents. 

It was Tuesday when the school received reports of a potential threat being made against the school.  In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the school shared information about the incident.  The post read "After our initial investigation and as per our normal procedure in these cases, the incident was turned over to YPD to conduct a formal threat assessment.  YPD subsequently arrested a student at home based on these potential threats and other factors.  As YPD addressed and resolved the situation quickly, there was never an imminent threat to students or staff  and further action was not deemed necessary.  Our concern and response was to assure such a threat did not materialize and the student involved was dealt with quickly to receive the support and help they need."  

In the comments of that Facebook post from Wednesday morning, the school added "A note on this post.  We have to consider what is appropriate to share and what is not.  Student privacy and protection is generally our measurement.  Too often folks make up their own realities about a situation that, intended or not, harms the students involved.  Students were never at risk in this incident and the entire reason for the PSA was to help dispel the rumors that we realized would arise with the police here for Career Day, a total coincidence.  Knowing these unrelated items were only going to feed the gossip networks because of the information we CANNOT share."

The Wednesday morning post and comments have since been deleted. 

Thursday night around 6:00 p.m., there was a new post.  It reads "We have learned the student involved in Tuesday's incident has been released to his parents.  We are going to close school tomorrow to give the legal system the opportunity to resolve the situation. All sports and activities for Friday are also canceled. We will resume Monday as normal.  If you have concerns please contact the District Attorney's Office."  As of 7:15 p.m., the post had 63 comments.  Some comments are expressing concern over the fact that the student was released, other comments are frustrated that the school canceled the "Morp" dance just with 2 days notice after parents and kids spent money on the event.   

This is a developing story.  Check back for additional information.

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