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Silverado High School student, 16, arrested after posting threats to kill classmates

Officials said the suspect suffers from an intellectual disability.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — Authorities said they arrested a 16-year-old male student of Silverado High School for criminal threats.

On Friday, October 18, 2019, Deputy M. Reynoso launched his investigation into threats made over social media involving students attending Silverado.

“During the investigation, it was discovered the suspect, a 16-year old male student at the school, made threats to kill six other students during a group social media conversation,” officials said via a news release on Monday.

According to the release a parent was made aware of the threat and contacted the school.

“The investigation revealed the suspect, who suffers from an intellectual disability, was upset about being bullied. The suspect believed the victims to be his friends and became distraught when they began teasing him for various reasons,” stated the release.

Officials said a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence and deputies recovered two firearms and ammunition, belonging to the suspect’s family.

The suspect was arrested and issued a citation for criminal threats and was released to his parents.

The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s, Juvenile Division, for review and determination of filing. Any action taken by the School District will be at their discretion, in accordance with their policies and procedures.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy M. Reynoso at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

Statement from Victor Valley Union High School District:

During our Fall Break last week, a Silverado High School student made social media threats against a group of his classmates. There had been no prior issues between these students reported to school staff. Acting on a tip from a student and parent, Silverado and Victor Valley Union High School District staff contacted sheriff’s deputies, who took the student into custody. We’d like to thank our school community and our staff for their quick actions. School discipline will be handled immediately in accordance with both education code and penal code.  

Kris Reilly – Public Engagement Information Officer

** The article was updated at 4:00 pm to include a statement provided by email by the district.**

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