PREVIOUSLY: Going Down, Oct. 19, 2022

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Fortuna Police Department press release:

On Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at approximately 7:00 P.M., Fortuna Police received a report from school officials of a threat to students at Fortuna Union High School. The initial threat was received via Snapchat, and specifically stated that a shooting would occur at Fortuna Union High School on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 12:45 P.M. An additional threat was also received via Snapchat threatening the Eel River Community School campus in Fortuna.

Fortuna Police coordinated with school administrators and local allied agencies to provide safety and security on the school campuses throughout the day. An investigative team, comprised of Fortuna and Eureka Detectives was also dedicated to the timely identification of the person responsible for posting the threats.

The investigative team, developed information identifying a 16-year old female who was responsible for posting the threats. The 16-year old was located and taken into custody at approximately 3:00 P.M. and was booked into the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall for making Criminal Threats. The identity of the 16-year old suspect is not being released due to her status as a juvenile.

The Fortuna Police Department would like to recognize and thank our allied agency partners for their timely response and assistance. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Rio Dell Police Department, Cal-Fire Law Enforcement and Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department all assisted with this incident.

The Fortuna Police Department, Fortuna High School, Eel River Community School and local law enforcement remain committed to the ongoing safety of our schools and students.