Mountain View police apprehended a 10-year-old boy Monday on charges of felony "terrorist threats" after he allegedly called his school and left messages threatening the campus and student body.
The boy, whose name is being withheld, left two messages on the answering machine at Theuerkauf Elementary School at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, saying he planned to physically harm the school and anybody on the campus, according to police spokesperson Liz Wylie.
Since the case is still being investigated, Wylie said she could not be more specific about the content of the calls, except that each message posed "a separate and distinct threat" and indicated that "anyone in the school would be in trouble."
Theuerkauf staffers heard the messages on Monday morning, recognized the suspect's voice and called police. That afternoon police apprehended the boy, who was arrested and released on a citation. Minors are normally not booked into Juvenile Hall preceding their court date, Wylie said.
Wylie said this type of crime is rare in Mountain View, but "it is not believed he had any intention or ability to carry out the threat."
"He's 10. He's just an angry kid," she said.
Phone calls from the Voice to both Theuerkauf and the Mountain View Whisman School District were not immediately returned.
The Youth Services Unit -- a new police unit made up of officers and counselors -- will follow up with the boy to provide counseling following the incident, Wylie said.