Parents and students in the Sacramento region were on edge this week as school districts investigated several threats against their campuses.
The incidents came as communities nationwide remain on high alert after 17 people were killed at a Florida high school last week by a former student wielding an assault-style rifle.
The latest local incident occurred Friday as police officers searched classrooms and students at Adelante High School in Roseville after a student found a shooting threat in a bathroom stall. The message suggested a plan to shoot up the school that day and warned students and staff to evacuate, according to a letter to parents.
Adelante High school administrators called the Roseville Police Department, who locked down the school and began a search. The lockdown lasted just over an hour.
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“No weapon was found and at this time, we do not believe this to be a credible threat,” said Brad Basham, executive director of personnel services, in the letter. “All students and staff were kept safe and every student was quickly accounted for. An officer will remain on campus and every visitor or student entering the campus will be searched by campus security.”
In Roseville, Adelante staff are trying to identify who wrote the message Friday, Basham said. He asked that anyone with information contact school administrators.
“The safety and security of our students and staff is our highest priority,” Basham said. “Once again, the safety protocols we routinely practice with students and staff worked well. In addition, we need to recognize the student who appropriately reported the threatening message to school authorities. We ask you to reinforce with your child the importance of saying something if they see or hear anything suspicious or threatening.”
Students and staff at nearby Roseville Adult School, Roseville High School and Independence High School were told to shelter in place.
On Tuesday, some students at McClatchy High School in Sacramento stayed home as rumors of an imminent school shooting circulated on social media. That was investigated by Sacramento police, who determined the threat was not credible.
Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Vance Chandler said Tuesday that the FBI contacted the department on Friday after receiving a tip about the McClatchy High School threat. Police contacted a student, but he was not arrested. As of Tuesday morning, he no longer attended the Land Park campus.
Students and parents in Elk Grove Unified were frightened by a number of threats against schools in other states with the same initials or names as EGUSD schools.
Extra security was added Thursday at Sheldon High School after a viral post indicated someone wanted to do harm at “SHS.” Elk Grove Unified posted messages on social media and sent an email to families at Sheldon High School and adjoining TR Smedburg Middle School to assure them the threat was not targeting the Sacramento school.
A similar threat was reported to administrators at Smedburg Middle School on Friday. This time, the threat was against a school with the initials SMS.
Valley High School officials were told Friday about a threat against a school with the same name, Pinkerton said.
All of the threats were investigated and found to be targeting schools outside of California, she said.
Extra police officers were sent to McClatchy High and Sheldon High this week out of an abundance of caution, according to district officials.