Police arrested three Mountain View High School students Monday after they allegedly made threats against students and staff on social media over the weekend.
On Sunday night, Mountain View police officers learned about the threats and subsequently detained the three students. While specific information about the threats is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, the threats were made against the school in general and did not target specific students or staff members at Mountain View High school, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
The three suspects were originally contacted on Sunday night, and were detained, questioned and eventually arrested at the Mountain View Police Department Monday morning, Oct. 10. The teens were all arrested on charges of making criminal threats and conspiring to commit a crime.
Police are not releasing the names of the suspects, who are all under the age of 18. The Mountain View Police Department increased its presence at Mountain View High School on Monday out of an "abundance of caution" according to police.
Any online threat made on social media, real or not, has to be taken seriously by police, Nelson said, and people at the school were both concerned and scared.
"These students should have known better, and people who post on social media should be aware about how they say (it) and what they say," Nelson said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Ken Leal at 650-903-6344.