The Santa Rosa Police Department responded on Thursday, September 28, 2023, to anonymous tips received via the "STOPit" smartphone app, indicating a potential threat at Montgomery High School, the latest incident to target this school.
The alerts suggested that several unidentified students were planning to bring weapons and guns onto the campus to assault another student, police said.
While no further details were provided, the gravity of the situation prompted immediate action, police said.
At around 11:00 am, SRPD officers were on the scene, working closely with school administrators to investigate the matter.
It was soon discovered that a 15-year-old Montgomery student had been assaulted the day prior while walking in a neighborhood near the campus, police said.
The student had been approached by two unidentified juvenile suspects who assaulted him, knocking him to the ground and stealing his shoes before fleeing the area.
Despite sustaining minor injuries, the victim did not report the incident to the police or school.
Based on the colors of clothing worn by the assailants and the specific colors associated with rival criminal street gangs, the incident is believed to be gang-related.
The victim, however, was hesitant to provide further information to the police.
The threats reported online are suspected to be related to this assault, and it's believed that some students may have witnessed the incident and captured it on cell phone video.
The Santa Rosa Police Department urges anyone with additional information about this assault to come forward and contact SRPD dispatch at 707-528-5222.
In light of this incident, parents and students are reminded to promptly report any potential crime or safety concerns to the police department, school administrators, or a trusted adult on campus.
Emergencies should be reported by dialing 9-1-1, while non-emergencies can be reported by calling 707-528-5222.