Three people have been arrested in two separate threats made against Anaheim’s Loara High School via a campus social media platform.
Late Friday afternoon, the Anaheim Police Department was made aware of threats made to via the OGLE
application, an investigation was launched that continued through the night and a 15-year-old male was ultimately arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and booked into county juvenile hall, police say.
The Loara 10th grader, who is not being identified because he is a minor, possessed no weapons at his home “and there is no indication the student had the means to carry out the threat,” police relate in an advisory.
The next evening, Loara High officials notified police a second threat made to the school via OGLE, which led to a vehicle stop early Sunday afternoon and the arrests of Anaheim residents Miguel Meza, 18, and Johnny Aguilar, 23, cops say.
Two loaded handguns were recovered in the vehicle, and Meza was ultimately booked into Orange County Jail for allegedly making criminal threats and possession of loaded handguns., while Aguilar joined him for suspected possession of loaded handguns and probation violations, police say.
Here is how police further describe the social media app:
OGLE is a campus-oriented platform which allows users to anonymously post comments, photographs, videos and to exchange messages, themes, and chat with others in the application. Users are able to post anonymous content to a campus without requiring the user to be in proximity of the campus. Users can “like” others’ posts, which is used to show the popularity of posts. Users can also communicate via the app’s built in private chat feature, which can be used for one-on-one or group chat sessions. Photos and videos posted to the app or sent in a chat can also be set to delete after a set period of time (up to 10 seconds). The app has the ability to be used without a login; however, it does allow users with Facebook or Twitter accounts to link the application to their accounts.
“We urge parents to be aware of their childrens’ online presence,” says Julian Harvey, Anaheim Police deputy chief, in the advisory. “At the same time, students and parents alike need to understand we do not take these threats lightly. We will prosecute anyone who makes such threats, even as a hoax, to the fullest extent of the law.”