NOVATO (CBS SF) — Police in Novato arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of threatening a shooting at Novato High School Wednesday.

Police said several Novato High School students received threatening electronic messages from the 16-year-old boy who was a student at another high school in Marin County. The teen also made statements regarding the Novato High School students’ sexual orientation, police said.

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Detectives interviewed the teen and his family at their home Tuesday and the boy and his family denied any intention of causing harm at the school. Detectives found a pellet gun during a search of the residence, police said.

The teen was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of criminal threats and committing a hate crime. The investigation will be forwarded to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for review, and the boy will be referred to counseling services, police said.

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Officers will be present in the area of Novato High School Wednesday to reassure students and parents there is no continuing threat to the school, police said.


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