A former Ayala High School student was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of making threats to “shoot up the school,” just four days after an Oak Ridge Elementary sixth-grade student was arrested after a video surfaced of a boy reciting rap lyrics depicting fighting other students and shooting a specific staff member.
Chino Hills Police Department learned of the Ayala High threat at 2:59 p.m. Monday, said Ayala High principal Diana Yarboi in a letter to students and parents.
“Fortunately, Ayala High School was closed when authorities received notice of the alleged plot, allowing law enforcement the opportunity to work swiftly to investigate,” the principal wrote.
Detectives were able to identify the former student, obtained a search warrant and arrested the suspect at 12:38 a.m. Tuesday, said Chino Hills Capt. Darren Goodman.
Nicholas Ceballos, 19, of Chino, was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Jail records show he has been released on bail. Records also show he was arrested by Chino Hills Police at the University of La Verne.
Mrs. Yarboi said investigators concluded there are no additional threats related to the investigation.
“I want to reassure you that the safety and security of our students and staff is the top priority of Ayala High School and the Chino Valley Unified School District,” Mrs. Yarboi said. “The (school) district regularly works with law enforcement agencies and emergency responders on efforts that include both prevention and response strategies for our schools. As a school community, we are strongest when we keep our eyes open and alert school officials and law enforcement about any potential threats.”
Chino Hills Police arrested a 12-year-old Oak Ridge Elementary School student Thursday after a video surfaced of a child reciting a rap song with lyrics depicting fighting other students and shooting a specific school staff member, police announced today.
The name of the boy was not given because of his age. He is facing charges of making criminal threats. He was booked into San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall, police said.
A citizen walked into the Chino Hills Police Station Thursday, reporting they discovered a video that had a child describing violent acts through rap lyrics.
Detectives talked with school officials, got the name of the boy, and visited the boy and his family at their home, police said.
"There was a locked safe containing firearms at the location," police said in today's news release. "At this time, the Chino Hills Police Department has determined there are no additional threats."
Anyone with information on the either case can call Chino Hills Police at 364-2000.