On Monday morning, Riverside Police received an anonymous type indicating that there may have been a weapon on the campus of Martin Luther King Jr. High School. The Riverside Police Department School Resource Officer was notified and the involved students were quickly detained. “As soon as King High School received information on a potential threat, the District, and the Riverside Police Department took swift action to identify and locate the students,” said Timothy Walker, RUSD Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Services & SELPA – Special Education in a written statement.
The two 15-year-old freshman students were found to be in possession of knives and ammunition while on campus and were booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall. The homes of the students were searched and additional evidence of the planned attack was uncovered. Both students are being charged with the possession of weapons and conspiracy to commit murder.
School officials said that due to the tip from the anonymous reporting party and the collaborative action of authorities the students were not in any danger. The Riverside Police Department increased their presence on campus to ensure the continued safety of students, parents, and staff. RUSD Superintendent Dr. David Hansen said “on behalf of the entire Riverside Unified Board of Trustees, we want to assure all parents and members of our school community that safety, for students, families, and staff, is at the top of our priority list. The District will continue to work diligently to ensure the safe and secure learning environments necessary for a high-quality education.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can contact Detective Jim Simons at (951) 353-7138 or School Resource Officer Jeff Mattson at (951) 789-5690, ext. 62249.
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