(Wheatland, CA) – The Wheatland Police Department is investigating a social media post over the weekend depicting a Wheatland High School 2022 Stole with 2 rifles in the background captioned, “Y’all ready for graduation WUHS!!!”
The investigation determined the person who made the post is a 17-year-old Olivehurst resident who does not attend Wheatland High School. A search warrant served at the juvenile’s residence, and yesterday afternoon, with the assistance of the Yuba County Sheriff’s office, arrested the teen without incident.
A release concludes “based on the age of the juvenile no other information will be released at this time.”
In addition, a letter from Superintendent Nicole Newman was posted to social media, it appears below:
Dear WUHSD Community:
Over the weekend, the Wheatland Police Department contacted me about a social media post threatening our upcoming graduation ceremony. We are all thinking about the recent horrific event in Uvalde, Texas, last week. We can never be too careful with threats of this nature. The safety of our students is our greatest priority.
As we do with all threats of this kind, we are taking all appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our students, staff, families, and the greater community. Since being contacted by the Wheatland Police Department over the weekend, I have been in constant communication with the WPD, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, and Yuba County District Attorney’s Office. At around 3:00 pm today, a 17-year-old Olivehurst resident that did not attend Wheatland Union High School was booked into juvenile hall for felony criminal threats.
I want to thank our local law enforcement for the collaborative efforts to ensure our students are safe. Law enforcement and the Wheatland Union High School District will not compromise on safety measures needed to keep our school safe. I will update you if there are new developments but may be limited in what I can say about an ongoing law enforcement matter.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much!
Nicole Newman, Superintendent