Teen Arrested For Facebook Threat of Shooting at Palm Springs High School

A threat-- an apparent hoax-- read: "im going 2 kill every 1 at pshs 2morow so stay home I got a gun," police said.

An 18-year-old Palm Springs teen was behind bars Tuesday, after police allege he placed a criminal threat on Facebook to kill everyone at Palm Springs High School.

Palm Springs Police Sergeant Mike Kovaleff says the alleged threat happened when David Torres accessed a friend's Facebook account and placed the status update: "im going 2 kill every 1 at pshs 2morow so stay home I got a gun."

The unidentified 15-year-old friend, a student at Palm Springs High, had apparently left their computer logged into the social media site while playing video games with Torres Monday afternoon.  

He then walked away for a few minutes, when Torres-- who is not a student at the school-- allegedly made the post, according to police.  That teen then found out about the message after someone else spotted it online, Kovaleff said.

"Torres’ friend, not aware of the post, reviewed the post and confronted Torres about posting it," Kovaleff said.  "Torres reportedly admitted to writing the post as a joke. Torres’ friend then deleted the post from his Facebook page."

The 15-year-old was questioned and released when "PSPD determined that he was not criminally liable in this incident," Kovaleff said.

"The Palm Springs Police Department has not obtained any evidence to link Torres’ or his 15 year old friend to actually carrying out the threat but will handle any incident of this type with a zero-tolerance policy due to the serious nature of the threat," the sergeant added.

Police seized two computers and a cell phone during the investigation, he added.  Police also searched Torres' and his friend's homes and didn't find any weapons.

“We take these matters very seriously," Palm Springs Police Chief Al Franz said.  "One of the most critical responsibilities of law enforcement is to ensure that our children and their parents feel safe when children are attending school. That feeling of safety was recently shattered in America, as a result of the tragic events that occurred last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It is now our responsibility to resuscitate that feeling of safety. We will protect our children and their schools in a manner that ensures that they are safe and that the learning environment is protected."

Torres was being held Tuesday at the Banning jail on a felony charge of making terrorist threats, on $75,000 bail, Riverside County jail records indicate.  Palm Springs police say they asked for a high bail amount due to the serious nature of the threat.

"PSPD contacted a judge to request a bail increase from the scheduled bail amount for the violation," said David Guadalupe Torres, 18 years old, Palm SpringsKovaleff.  "Torres’ bail was increased from the scheduled bail amount of $5,000 to the amount of $75,000."

Police found out about the incident when concerned parents of two PSHS students spotted the posting on Monday night.

Michael Wondoloski December 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Keep that little thug locked up..
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 18, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Incredibly stupid!
D December 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
On the heels of recent horrific event in Connecticut, there is nothing remotely funny about this; and at 15 years old if he finds something humorous in what he did, EVEN JUST WRITING THE WORDS, I'd put this kid immediately in for a psychological evaluation...which could be done while he served 30 days in jail. THIS KID IS AN EMBECILLE.
ATC December 18, 2012 at 11:27 PM
To clarify, it was the 18 yr old that did this, not the 15 yr old.
Shelby December 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
He is old enough to know that this is no laughing matter.
Robert December 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Things like this scare me because my friends daughter attends pshs. Poeple like this should be held be punished and charged to the fullest.
someone you used to know December 19, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Im a alumni of the school , graduate in 2008. looking back on the days i was in class i thought about the what if someone did something or made a threat, how would i feel? As much as i thought of what i would do or how i would react i would be scared regardless i wouldnt admit then but i know i would have been. I know being a teen we feel invinceable and we poke fun at the scared or weak in hs, but i know i was comfortable cuz i knew we had security and had great teachers to protect us. What always gave me piece of mind was all our extra exit doors. Each class had two -three ways to enter or exit the rooms regardless of the pod doors. I hope this guy grasps what hes done and knows while he lays his head down tonight in his cell what he did was wrong, and now for the rest of his life where ever he goes ,who ever he dates what ever job he gets he will always have a black cloud behind him. His life will never be the same after today.
LLODOWN December 19, 2012 at 08:42 AM
MC December 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Send him to perform community service helping families of mass shooting victims. Then he will see how funny his comments were. MC - Aurora, CO
E December 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
this is still shocking to me! i knw this 18 yr old since i was in pre-school ! i never thought he qwld do such thing he is a nice guy!
izzy December 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
He is a faggot looking like a pig fuck bsr
izzy December 19, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Kids now a day thinking they hard and stuff he id dumb and should pay for his stupidity and hopefully rapped in. Jail!!!
Ac December 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I know this lame ass fool what a joke hope the big homie check his bitch ass he aint no threat and yupp izzy fuck bsr
Ac December 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Hahahahahahah lol
izzy December 20, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Bahahahaha he look like a straight bitchhh !!!!


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