Santa Monica police have arrested three juveniles in connection with prank calls that were made regarding a person with a gun on the campuses of John Adams and Lincoln Middle Schools, leading to the lockdown of both schools Tuesday, January 29th.
After police received calls regarding an armed person on the school campuses, officers collaborated with campus administration to lock down the schools.
A thorough search of the schools revealed that there was no evidence of anyone with a weapon on either campus and police determined the calls to be a prank. No one was injured during the incidents.
Police detectives worked in conjunction with Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District personnel to identify three juveniles who were allegedly responsible for using their cell phone to make the prank calls, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
Police arrested two 13-year-old girls and a 12-year-old boy Wednesday, January 30th, and they each admitted to their roles in the prank calls, Padilla said. The three juveniles, who are students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, were each issued citations and released to their parents, he said.
The case has been sent to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for review.