July 12, 2020
Convicted felon jailed over social media posts
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A photo circulated on social media depicting some students from Martin Luther King High School with a swastika, a Confederate flag and a Trump 2020 banner is generating a lot of attention.

The photo was distributed to MLK students, according to the school principal, but was created off campus.

In a video directed at teachers and parents, school principal Michael West said “I implore you, join me in devoting time to talk with our students about diversity, tolerance, respect and how to use social media in a positive way.”

The incident since became a police matter.

A convicted felon was linked to the photo and was arrested Wednesday after a search of his home turned up two firearms. Maurice Gamble, 38, was jailed on suspicion of making criminal threats and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

School District Superintendent Dr. David Hansen thanked the police department “for its collaboration in addressing these concerning actions and social media posts made by this individual. Anxiety was caused throughout our school community the past 24 hours, but our commitment to the safety and security of all our students, teachers, and staff will continue.”
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