A Palm Desert High School student was arrested by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department prior to the start of school Thursday morning after a video had been uploaded to TikTok that depicted the student damaging school property and making a violent threat against a "peace officer."© Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun Palm Desert High School students eat lunch in the cafeteria in Palm Desert, Calif., Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
The sheriff's department provides a school resource officer to the high school.
According to a sheriff's press release, the incident occurred Wednesday on or near the Palm Desert High campus at the 74-900 Block of Aztec Way in Palm Desert, and the arrest was made at 7 a.m. Thursday. It is unclear where the student was arrested.
The student has since been booked into a Riverside County juvenile hall where he is being held pending a court hearing.
When asked which county facility the student was booked into, Sgt. Deanna Pecoraro said "We don't give any information out related to juveniles."
Desert Sands Unified School District said it does not comment on matters before the court but issued the following statement: "We appreciate the partnership with local law enforcement and commend the Riverside County Sheriff's Department as well as DSUSD security agents and administration for their response and their continued efforts to keep our students and staff safe."
According to the sheriff's department, the Palm Desert High School Resource Deputy was notified of the video and worked with Desert Sands Unified district security and the administration at Palm Desert High School to maintain the safety of students and staff prior to school opening on Thursday morning.
The incident comes in the wake of a viral TikTok challenge that encouraged students to steal or vandalize school property or even go so far as "smack a staff member."
The sheriff's department wrote in a statement: "The school resource deputy and school administration take every crime, rumor and actual or presumed threat seriously. We would like to remind parents to please discuss social media use with their school-age children. There could be lasting criminal consequences resulting from threatening and illicit posts. Contrary to common belief, many of these communications are trackable, retrievable and verifiable."
Jonathan Horwitz covers education for The Desert Sun. Reach him at [email protected] or @Writes_Jonathan.
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