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Sac State target of latest school shooting threat

Sacramento State University was the latest local campus to have the threat of a school shooting scrawled across a bathroom wall.

The threat “3:00 11/4 school shooting” was found Tuesday in a woman’s bathroom at the University Union, according to an email sent out to staff and students, asking them to “remain vigilant.”

“I don’t consider it to be a significant serious threat,” said CSUS Police Chief Mark Iwasa. “In fact, it’s 3:05 right now and it’s pretty clear nothing has happened. It’s likely a prank.”

The chief said he is familiar with the string of similar threats that hit local high school campuses in San Juan Unified in recent weeks. He said four busloads of high school students happened to be at the University Union Tuesday.

Iwasa said officers were pulled into the interior of the campus to see if anyone suspicious was lurking about. “We will take the investigation as far as we can go,” he said. “It’s not a crime worth of a significant investment (of resources).”

Sacramento County sheriff’s officials are continuing to investigate threats of violence made at several high schools in recent weeks. The threats were 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.

Call The Bee’s Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Follow her on Twitter @dianalambert.

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