Teen Arrested and Charged With Threat of Terrorism

On the evening of November 15, the Fairfield Police Department received multiple calls from the public reporting a Snapchat message that was being shared and warning of a shooting at Fairfield High School the next day.  Officers immediately followed up on these calls and quickly determined that the post did not pose any threat to the community.

The person named on the account was interviewed.  The account did not belong to that person and had been created by someone else.  Officers were able to find the source of the fake account and the source admitted to making the post.  As a result of this investigation, a 15-year-old youth was arrested and charged in juvenile court with Threat of Terrorism, a D Felony.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the public for their quick intervention and encourage people to continue to contact law enforcement when they have concerns.  Due to the help of the public and the quick work of law enforcement, it was determined that there were no credible threats towards the school and classes were able to proceed on a regular schedule.

Questions regarding the law enforcement response should be addressed to the Fairfield Police Department.  Questions regarding the juvenile court process should be addressed to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.

A delinquent charge is only an accusation, and juvenile defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.