KINGSBURG – Two Kingsburg men were arrested after a social media post appeared to pose a threat to Reedley College, where at least one of the men is a student.
The Kingsburg Police Department issued a press release stating they’d been alerted to the threat at 2:58 p.m. Jan. 30. Officers identified the two men pictured in a Twitter post as Kingsburg residents.
Kingsburg officers have arrested Joshua Dougherty, 19, at his Kingsburg home. After coordinating with State Center Community College District Police Department, Joshua Baker, 19, was arrested at Reedley College where he attended class. The pair has been booked into Fresno County Jail.
Kingsburg police officers seized the firearms depicted in the post, including an airsoft gun, a BB gun and a knife, and turned these over to the SCCD District police officers.
In Dougherty’s post, he and Baker are dressed in black trench coats holding the weapons with the phrase, “Some of you are alright don’t come to school tomorrow” and an emoticon of a gun included with the post.
While there appeared to be no actual threat to the Kingsburg community, residents or schools, Police Chief Neil Dadian said, the local police department received calls and emails from national and international media who saw this post.
“I would like to thank those members of the media who made the effort to call. You all helped make our community safer place by doing so,” Dadian said.
Kingsburg High Principal Ryan Phelan sent a message to parents that a “disturbing tweet” was being investigated by the Kingsburg Police but was later found to be a hoax.
“The message of the hoax was not intended for Kingsburg High School or any other school in Kingsburg,” Phelan said. “The subjects involved are not enrolled in our school district and currently are in custody.”