Clovis, CA — Parents of children at Clovis North High School are speaking out this week after a student at the school made a video threatening to kill multiple specific students as well as the entire school. Just as concerning as the video, however, parents are equally concerned over the lack of police response, claiming that the investigation was rushed. It took less than four hours.
The video, which was released online shows a Clovis student holding a replica handgun, threatening to kill several girls at the school. The boy points the gun at the camera and says, “This goes to all the girls out there – if you don’t date me, then you’re dead.”
According to FOX 26, when Stephanie and Brian Cooper were shown the video by their 14-year-old daughter — whose name was mentioned in the video — they called police who came to the family's home at 7:00 p.m. that night. By 11:00 p.m. that same night, they received an email saying that there was no crime and no credible threat.
Clearly, after watching the video, this teenager is threatening to kill people. "Get back together with me, or you're dead," is a credible threat, especially when someone his holding a gun. So is saying, "“Mess with my a** then you’re dead. Everything, you're dead. If you mess with me, you're dead. **** in my science class, you're dead."
Naturally, the four hours police devoted to "investigating" this incident, has the parents on edge.
“As you can imagine, I was not happy with that response, and in such a short time. I felt like, how do you come to this conclusion so quickly?” said Brian Cooper. “You see so many mass shootings and always the excuse is there were all these red flags and nobody said anything. I’m trying to say something and everything is getting pushed under the rug.”
Indeed. As we saw with Nikolas Cruz and how he made countless threats online, up to and including threatening to kill people at his school, no one acted on it, and a tragedy unfolded.
While the teen who made the video certainly deserves due process, threatening the lives of specific people is a crime and certainly warrants more than a four-hour inquiry.
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Nevertheless, police determined the threat not to be credible and the case was closed.
Police also said the threat wasn't credible because the gun wasn't real, but this was no comfort to the Coopers.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a gun or not,” said Brian Cooper. “If the kid has that intent, he could stab my daughter, he could run her over with a car. The gun's not the point. If the kid is that mentally unstable, what’s being done to help him. If he doesn’t get the proper help, who knows what could happen?”
To be clear, this situation can likely be resolved without ruining the teen's life and processing him into the criminal justice system, even the Cooper's acknowledge this.
“It’s not like I want this kid charged with a crime,” explained Brian Cooper. “I just want to know at the end of the day that a thorough investigation was completed so I know in my heart that my daughter and other kids can go to school safe.”
Unfortunately, however, that doesn't appear to be happening in this case. Hopefully, for the sake of the Cooper's daughter, it was just a joke made in poor taste.
Contrasting the stark differences into how some police departments work, is a case out of Honolulu on which TFTP reported last month. In that instance, it was a 10-year-old girl who was handcuffed, arrested, and jailed for drawing a picture that offended a parent of a student at the school.
The 10-year-old's drawing allegedly threatened the mother of another student and the girl who drew it was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Though the contents of the drawing were not made known, she never made a video threatening to kill anyone.