The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office identified the two 15-year-old boys arrested on suspicion of planning serious attacks on the students and staff at Vista Murrieta High School, it was reported today.
Reed Perry and Samuel Noble were arrested for suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
The boys were booked into the Southwest Juvenile Hall on Wednesday. Police declined to disclose any details about the threat against the high school, it has been reported.
John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said California law permits the release of names of minors arrested on suspicion of serious crimes such as conspiracy to commit murder.
“It was a very serious threat,” Karen Parris of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District told the newspaper. “It was not an imminent threat. There was a specific date but it was not in the near future.”
Vista Murrieta High School President Darren Daniel sent an automated phone message to parents Friday that two Vista Murrieta High School students had made a plan to attack the school and one of the students revealed their plans in an anonymous online conversation, according to a statement released Friday by the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.
Law enforcement officers on the East Coast were notified about the online conversation and the FBI became involved in the investigation.
After tracking the posting, on Aug. 8 the FBI notified the Murrieta Police Department about the online threats that were against a school campus, possibly in Murrieta, according to a statement from the Murrieta Police Department.
The Murrieta Police Department notified school district administrators about the investigation that same day, said District Superintendent Stan Scheer, in a news statement.
“We have been cooperating with local and federal law enforcement throughout the investigation,” said Safe School Director Wayne Sakamoto, adding that district schools have several safeguards and emergency procedures in place to ensure staff and student safety, including a strong partnership
with the Murrieta Police Department.
Daniel plans to meet with Vista Murrieta high teachers Monday to discuss the incident and how to best handle student questions and concerns, the Press-Enterprise reported.
It will also be discussed during the annual school safety assemblies planned for next week, Parris told the newspaper.