Los Rios Police arrested a Cosumnes River College student for a criminal threat after receiving a tip that the student had sent a threatening message through Snapchat, according to a notification email from campus President Edward Bush.
At approximately midnight Sunday, 19-year-old Christopher Salazar Munoz, a second-semester CRC student, posted the message to friends on his Snapchat, said Public Information Officer Kristie West.
A friend of Munoz’s sent police a screenshot of the post, which stated, “I’m gonna prove you don’t have to be white to shoot up a school,” according to the email.
Munoz was arrested at 4 a.m. in his home. He later confessed to sending the message, West said.
Police searched the home and no weapons were found, West said.
Munoz will not be allowed back on any campus within the Los Rios District, West said.
West added that the student had no prior criminal record and had not been known to post any previous threats, but that doesn’t change the seriousness of the crime.
“I really don’t think he knew what he was doing, and he wasn’t aware of the consequences,” West said.
Many students were not aware of the threat having not read the email, but those who did read it said they believed it was helpful.
“I appreciated the notification because it kept me informed,” said 19-year-old Tony Tran, Associated Students of Cosumnes River College president. “Without it, I wouldn’t have known.”
For students who did not receive or open the email detailing the situation, some suggested alternatives to improve notifications of students.
“Maybe an announcement by teachers would be more helpful,” said Dupree Vincente, 23, a welding technology major.
West complimented the student’s friend for notifying authorities as they were able to pursue the threat and diffuse the situation quickly.
“Honestly, we’re just thankful for his friend that took notice and was vigilant enough to call campus police,” West said.
Students played an important role in the “proactive response,” from authorities, and are encouraged by campus officials to speak up when necessary, according to the email.
“If you see something, say something,” West said. “It’s just really important because you never know.”
Staff writers Quincie Pruitt and Kayleen Carter contributed to this story.