Principal says suspect in custody, “serious threat” at Janesville School has been addressed
Oct. 6, 2013 — Numerous reports regarding bullying at Janesville School buzzed loudly across local social media sites last weekend including an incident in which a student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to school Monday morning, Oct. 7.
Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6, Janesville School Superintendent/Principal Zach Thurman issued a prerecorded call to parents advising them the issue had been addressed, a student had been arrested and the school would be open for business as usual Monday morning.
According to Thurman’s message, “It was learned late Friday evening that one of our students had received a serious threat from another student. Speculation regarding this incident fueled rapidly over social media websites, however, factual information was reported to the Lassen County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s deputies responded, and an arrest was made … I would like to reassure students, parents and guardians that the situation has been addressed and Janesville School is safe and will be open with business as usual on Monday, Oct. 7.”
Citing the “sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation,” Thurman said he could not release any information regarding the identities of either the victim or the suspect.
Thurman also did not disclose any information about the nature of the “serious threat.”
Sunday morning, a parent who said she knows the suspect’s family called the newspaper and reported a fifth-grade boy allegedly threatened a girl at the school, and the boy had been taken into custody around midnight Friday.
According to comments on the social media websites, many parents said their children would not be attending school on Monday.
The parent said she and other parents plan to attend the Janesville School Board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15 to address the bullying incidents at the school, allegedly involving students, teachers and bus drivers.
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