Middle school student taken into custody following threats

Student taken to Riverside County Juvenile Hall as numerous county agencies get involved

■ Hemet Police Department

A student at Diamond Valley Middle School was taken into custody by police Feb. 16 after making threats to another student claiming he planned to bring a weapon to school, according to police.
Hemet Police School Resource Officers (SRO’s) were made aware of the student making threats to another student who told school administrators and the onsite Hemet Police Officer that a fellow classmate approached them in a classroom and threatened to bring and use a weapon at school, according to a statement issued by the Hemet Police Department. Neither student was identified due to their ages.
Following an investigation, no weapons were located. However, due to the nature of the threats, one student was taken to Riverside County Juvenile Hall. In accordance with established Riverside County Protocols, the Department of Child Protective Services and County Probation were notified of the incident. Additionally, officers utilized the Hemet Police Department Crisis Intervention Team to ensure that appropriate mental health support is available. The parents and/or guardians of the students involved were contacted and are cooperating with investigators.
The Hemet Police Department says it has had a longstanding partnership with The Hemet Unified School District, and specially-trained School Resource Officers work full-time at both middle and high schools throughout the valley.
“The Hemet Police Department, as well as The Hemet Unified School District, are dedicated to the welfare and safety of all students and staff,” said Chief Rob Webb in a statement. “All threats of violence are taken seriously and are fully investigated.
“The Hemet Police Department is thankful that this information was brought forward by a courageous student and we encourage anyone with information regarding school site safety to contact the Hemet Police Department and the Hemet Unified School District,” Webb said.

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