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Help sought identifying source of threats at San Juan district high schools

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate threats of violence made at several high schools in the past two weeks, but say the threats likely were intended to disrupt school activities rather than cause physical harm.

The department’s Safe Schools officers have responded to or assisted in the investigation of handwritten statements found inside campus restrooms. All the statements were similar in nature and indicated a threat of shooting or other violence, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The threats were reported at Rio Americano High School on Oct. 17; Del Campo and Bella Vista high schools, Oct. 24; Casa Roble High School, Tuesday; Del Campo High School, Wednesday; and El Camino High School, Thursday.

A 14-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the incident at Bella Vista High School.

Sheriff’s officials said threat assessments of the incidents indicated little likelihood that violence would occur. The San Juan Unified School District notified students and staff members upon learning of the threats, and the Sheriff’s Department, through its Safe Schools Program, has increased its presence on campuses.

Parents and students with information that could help identify the person or people responsible for the threats are asked to speak to school administrators or submit a tip to the Sheriff’s Department at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 and entering the key word “SSD,” or by calling (916) 874-8477.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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