Deputies Arrest Student Suspected of Making High School Shooting Threat

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A high school student was arrested Thursday morning in connection with a school shooting threat against a neighboring Los Angeles County high school, authorities said.

Extra school security was sent to monitor Lawndale High School after someone threatened on social media that a shooting would take place Thursday, sheriff's depuities said. A Leuzinger High School student was arrested in connection with the threat on the nearby school.

LA County Sheriff's deputies said they arrested a 16-year-old from Leuzinger on a criminal threats charge for allegedly posting the threat. Deputies were alerted to the shooting threat on Wednesday night at about 9:45 p.m., according to a sheriff's statement.

Extra deputies were dispatched to Lawndale High School while deputies investigated the threat. They continued the investigating after taking the student into custody, deputies said.

The threat was made on Burnbook, an anonymous messaging app, according to Allan Mucerino, assistant superintendent of Education Services at Centinela Valley Union School District. He said the student deputies arrested had confessed to posting the threat.

"We are rapidly becoming familiar with social media apps," Mucerino said. "It's a real challenge for us as educators to be one step ahead."

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