More arrests made in connection with school shooting threats at Pixley Middle School

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UPDATE: February 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: The Tulare County Sheriff's Department has arrested two 13-year-old's in connection with the recent school shooting threats at Pixley Middle School.

According to Department, they received a tip on Thursday that several other students may be involved in the recent terrorist threats investigation that took place on February 15th.

During the investigation, detectives talked to two 13-year-old girls who admitted to participating in the crime. Detectives immediately contacted their parents and issued two search warrants that were executed in the Pixley area.

Detectives say they found a gun, assorted ammunition, and several gun magazines during the course of those searches. The gun they found was voluntarily given to them by a family member and was only taken for safekeeping at this time.

The two 13-year-old girls were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility in Visalia. The identities of the girls will remain confidential due to their age.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Detective M. Webb at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department via telephone at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.


Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said, "it's a good day," because school officials and law enforcement intervened early enough to prevent another tragedy.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff's Department, a 13-year-old student at Pixley Middle School was making threats to "shoot up the school."

The student was then transported and booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of criminal threats.

Sheriff Boudreaux says school officials were alerted to the threat through an online homework site and contacted the Sheriff's Office.

A search warrant was issued Thursday and deputies found four weapons and ammunition from the juvenile's home.

The Sheriff's Department recommends parents and teachers be on the lookout for any red flags in their children's behavior.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department at (559) 733-6218 or send anonymous information by sending a text or email to or call (559) 725-4194.

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