Officers with the Modesto Police Department are looking into a threat made on a nationwide crisis line involving Mark Twain Junior High School in Modesto. And in Calaveras County, deputies responded to Calaveras High School in San Andreas on a report that a student had mentioned bringing a gun to campus.
The Mark Twain threat was said to be against bullies at the school, police said.
Authorities provided “additional security” at the school Tuesday morning, according to social media posts put out by the Modesto Police Department at about 7 a.m.
The validity of the threat had been undetermined, the posts said.
Mark Twain Junior High, located in west Modesto, has an enrollment of about 800 seventh- and eighth-grade students, according to a state school profile.
Later Tuesday, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reported that during a discussion regarding lock down drills and school safety, a 15-year-old male student was heard making statements similar to “I guess I better not bring a gun that day”.
The same student was overheard discussing guns in another conversation, authorities said. School staff called deputies, who “confirmed that there was no specific expressed threats made and no weapons in the student’s possession,” according to a post on the department’s Facebook page
“Deputies arrested the student, removing him from campus and transported him to juvenile probation while parent notification is underway.”
Deputies followed up Tuesday afternoon at the student’s home in Burson; his parents were being cooperative, authorities said.