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Student arrested for making fake bomb threats

A Patriot High School student suspected of making a fake bomb threat to his school in a social media TikTok video was arrested, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced on Tuesday.

On August 8 at about 9 p.m., the school resource officer for Patriot High School, located in the city of Jurupa Valley, received information about a possible threat at the school that was made on the social media site TikTok. The officer obtained a posted video from a student, which mentioned a possible explosive device in a specific area of the school.

Personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Jurupa Unified School District, responded to the school to search for any possible suspicious items. They found no explosives or any other suspicious items, officials said.

During further investigation, a Patriot High School student was contacted and the posting was determined to be a hoax. The student was later arrested and booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall for criminal threats and making fake bomb threats.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind students and their parents that it is illegal to make threats of violence that may instill fear, even if there is no intention of causing violence or to do so as a practical joke. Parents are encouraged to actively monitor their child’s social media accounts to deter them from engaging in inappropriate postings.

The Sheriff’s Department said it has zero tolerance for any type of threats made toward our schools, students, or community members and will vigorously investigate all reported threats of violence or suspicious activity.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy J. Dortch of the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

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