FHS student arrested following reports of social media threats

Anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim messages targeted at students

By Rachel Hildebrand and Gabby Mrozowski

Reports of threats on social media from concerned parents of FUHSD students led to the arrest of a 17-year-old FHS student, according to a press release from Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (SDP).

“The school is safe,” Deputy Lee Hickinbotham said.

Multiple social media accounts with the handles jewslayer88, fu*kmuslims123 and columbine4202k17 were created. The accounts were used to message and post anti semitic and anti Muslim statements tagging HHS and FHS students. All accounts have since been deactivated.

“It’s a little unsettling about what’s going on but I definitely have confidence that our administration team and the police are doing everything they can,” guidance counselor Nicole Deatherage said.

Two emails were sent to parents and staff yesterday by principal Greg Giglio, the first around 8 p.m., alerting parents that police were investigating the online threats. Shortly before midnight a subsequent email was sent informing the community of an arrest.

“If we thought there was going to be something major going on, we wouldn’t be here right now,” Giglio said.

Following the SDP press release, some parents pulled their children from school. 161 students were absent from first period, nearly triple the 50 to 60 students typically absent, attendance technician Candi Marugg said.

“I just wanna make [my daughter] feel comfortable,” parent Terri Farrell, who picked her sophomore up during tutorial, said.

Multiple SDP officers are on the HHS and FHS campuses today, and counselors are available to talk to students with any concerns.

Check later for updates.

*CAUTION: graphic images below.*

This photo was posted to Instagram over Labor Day weekend. It originates from the Holocaust.
This photo was posted to Instagram over Labor Day weekend. It originates from the Holocaust. Screenshot by Katelyn Pan.
This photo was posted to Instagram over Labor Day weekend. It originates from the Russian sleep experiment in the 1940s.
This photo was posted to Instagram over Labor Day weekend. It originates from the fabled Russian sleep experiment in the 1940s. Screenshot by Katelyn Pan.
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