Three MVHS teens arrested over social media threats


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.

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13 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 10, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Glad to here this is not a Trump-inspired hate crime against female or minority students

22 people like this
Posted by J
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Thank you,MVPD, for taking this seriously even if initially out of caution. If you can arrest 3 people after interviews then it seems being overly cautious is the right thing to be these days.

Thank you.

35 people like this
Posted by PA Resident
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2016 at 8:47 am

Parent of Old Mountain View

What a dreadful comment. There is no indication of motivation or target here. You could just easily say you were pleased it wasn't a nutcase with a gun, or a terrorist, or anybody you obviously don't like.

Moderator, please take the comment (and then this one) down.

10 people like this
Posted by Republican parent
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm

@parent of old mountain view, Right ON! You are entitled to your public opinion. The Voice usually encourages free speech, for itself and for others. Parent, there is nothing derogatory about your speech, it just tries to 'give a little verbal kick' to a swine who happens to be th swine running for US President this year from the Republican pParty. A swine who threatens specific minorities. So, you got in a little verbal dig. SO what PA resident?

As a lifelong registered Republican - I have now problem voting this year for the Democrat / but only in comparison to the Republican / Mr. Trump, who insists on using "threats".

I understand the hyperbola "parent." of old mountain view.

7 people like this
Posted by Democratic Parent
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:41 pm

+1 Republican Parent. I thought the comment was very silly and off target, but I would fight for that person's right to be the fool if he wants.
One of the harder responsibilities Americans have is to defend the rights of someone to say things we cannot stand, but don't be fooled, it is absolutely your responsibility if you want to call your self a patriotic American.

12 people like this
Posted by MV Mom
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:46 pm

This is the school my daughter goes to. It makes me think of many things, like home schooling her for one thing. I read somewhere that it was 3 seniors talking on snap chat about shooting up the school and teachers. They are not releasing their names because they are minors. Seriously? We won't even know if they are sent back to school, expelled or kept in jail. Police say they searched their homes for weapons, but wouldn't say if they had found any weapons or ammo. It's hard to know if it is stupid boys talking sh*t or emerging deviants.

25 people like this
Posted by L
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

We should also thank the student who turned in the teens who put up the threats on social media.

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Posted by PA Resident
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Since the moderator appears to approve the first comment, it is just as likely that those who made the threats were anti gun, or pro gun, they were anti Muslim, or anti terrorism, they were mentally ill, or teens with a grievance against "authority and the establishment".

My point is that we have no idea of the motivation or the target. We could all easily surmise that it was one or the other, but that is how rumors start and offence is taken.

We have no idea of the reasons behind this and anything else is pure speculation. Free speech is one thing, but I don't think speculative comments on criminal events help.

5 people like this
Posted by MV Parent
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

This is all terrible. First of, thanking the student who turned in these students is the most important thing!!! And the Police for taking these stupid crazy teens off the streets! I hope whether they were joking or not! This cannot happen in these times! I read one was on the madrigals choir and one had been or had been on ASB government. I do hope they do not return to our school. I do wish that we as parents would find out more information as time goes on. It may or may not relieve our minds of what truely happened or what could of been. My daughter said, the word at school was, they were joking. If they were, why would the police arrest them? If they were, they just ruined their life. Thank God, the threats did not go through!!!

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Oct 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Yes! "L" I agree totally with you. We must express our gratitude and admiration to the person (I too assume it was a student) who turned in the would be killers. That takes clarity of thinking and cajones (either internal or external) to meet that challenge against HS conformity and DO THE RIGHT THING.
Thank you so much whomever you are. Have a great life.

13 people like this
Posted by Nikki
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 11, 2016 at 4:21 pm

I've got a kid at this school too, and while I'm glad they were caught and will face consequences, I would not want their lives ruined. They are still kids, and community members. My son had a class on restorative justice in middle school, and I would hope that's where we would go versus throwing around words like "would be killers." If it was a joke, it was a terrible one, but let's not give up on them. Yes we hear a lot about violence thanks to social and mainstream media, but we're still a relatively safe area.

4 people like this
Posted by Republican parent
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm

@Mather I think the biological term is gonads. Internal or external. I also join you in thanking the outstanding citizens/or residents who turned in the posters. I sort of doubt they are 'killers'. But I do not think that they need any more breaks than the 'party house burners' from a few years ago. Let them be charged, let the juvenile justice system handle them. Let their parents/guardians face a judge along with their kids. A bit more than a speeding ticket! More like a 'hit and run' with no personal injuries.

5 people like this
Posted by JJT
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm

My daughter is at MVHS and I'm glad that the police took this seriously. I think it's premature to comment on whether these seniors should be allowed to return. We do not have nearly enough info to comment. Huge props to the student who flagged this, and nice job to his/her parents.

15 people like this
Posted by MVHS student
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Being a student at this school I'm sad and sorry to say that this has bubbling for a while. MVHS is a racist high school and the back hand racism that has been going on sucks. I'm also sorry to say that there has been nothing from the admisnistration done to fix this. One of the boys who said this is a good student they all were and one stood up for that school and had things happen to him last year that weren't right. Yes this is bad and sucks but he has received worst from that school. I don't stand by his actions at all I think what they did is stupid and scary. But MVHS has problems that need to be addressed sadly this might have been there way to make it happen.

6 people like this
Posted by MVHS student
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm

And btw, spelling isn't my strength....

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Posted by Former MVHS Student
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2016 at 2:00 am

Regardless if this was a joke or not as parents and adults you should not use this incident to make comments related to your political, racial, or gender opinions especially with no information released about these teenagers intentions. You should be focused on the safety of the students and administration as well as the driving factor that caused these students to even think of discussing what could potentially have turned out to be a tragedy. It doesn't matter if these students are leaders or followers, without imposing some consequences how do you expect to teach young adults that this type of behavior is not tolerated regardless if it's a joke or not.

Two similar situations happened while I was a student at MVHS. The first was a threat made by a student as a joke who wrote a note March 14th that indicated some serious harm and included the infamous quote "beware the ides of March." For those of you that didn't pay attention to history class March 15th was the day Julius Caesar was killed with that exact message conveyed to him prior to his assassination. The same student had called in a bomb threat to the police department from the school's public phone that year. He was able to return to campus and graduated in 2003. This country is built off of second chances but consider the message being sent to the students when no serious punishment is enforced. Consequences can be given while still not ruining these young adults future and showing other students that there is no place for this type of behavior in society.

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Posted by Its already gone away
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2016 at 6:24 am

Everybody has advice for how others should act and everybody wants OTHER people's kids made an example of. They are nothing more than villagers with torches.

10 people like this
Posted by DMarcotte
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:36 am

A threat is a threat regardless of how it is conveyed. With kids these days thinking that they are somehow protected by the anonymity if the internet (and yet it seems here are dumb enough to make threats with their own accounts), they are either misguided or stupid. Columbine began with so-called minor threats and sketches/ depictions of harm and look how it turned out. You damn well better be certain I want ANY kid making idle or real threats to the school my kids attend no matter the reason - hurt feelings, sadness, feeling depressed, etc., to be arrested and prosecuted if warranted. AFTERWARDS, get the kid(s) some help.

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