PALMDALE - A 10-year-old student at Joshua Hills Elementary School in Palmdale was identified Wednesday by sheriff's investigators as the person who posted threats against a class at the school on Facebook. | » POLICE NEWS
"Detectives conducted an intense and thorough investigation which led them to the subject, and after an extensive interview it was determined that the threat was not credible and was made as a prank," according to a statement from the sheriff's Palmdale Station.
"The investigation revealed the subject did not possess the means to carry out the threat." The statement did not say if any actions were contemplated against the 10-year-old.
"Unfortunately it is not unusual for individuals to make prank threats following a tragedy," Capt. Bobby Denham said, referencing the Friday massacre at a Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.
An 11-year-old student at the school reported the threats to the sheriff's Palmdale Station late Monday night, according to Deputy Jodi Wolfe of the Palmdale Sheriff's Station.
Detectives from the sheriff's station made immediate contact with Palmdale School District officials, and together they decided to put all the schools in the district's on controlled access for the week, preventing unauthorized people from entering the school grounds, sheriff's officials said.