Saugus High School: Shooting scare likely stemmed from swatting call

A "swatting call" led to a large police presence at Saugus High School Friday afternoon after deputies received reports of four students with possible gun shot wounds.  

At approximately 1:45 p.m. the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station received the call and immediately responded to the school located at 21900 Centurion Way. 

Deputies searched the campus but found no victims, evidence of a shooting, nor any credible threats. An all clear was given around 2:30 p.m.

Images from SkyFOX showed parents gathering on campus as well as numerous patrol cars parked in the area. Students were escorted to safety.

According to the sheriff's office, multiple cites around the county appear to be receiving similar calls, believed to be "swatting calls."

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Saugus is a neighborhood in Santa Clarita

In November 2019, a shooting on campus claimed the lives of three students, one of which was the gunman. 


Surveillance video showed the alleged shooter, 16-year-old Nathaniel "Nate" Berhow, pull a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol out of his backpack, shoot five students in the quad on campus before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting claimed the lives of 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell. Two other girls, ages 14 and 15, and another 14-year-old boy, were transported to area hospitals for their gunshot wounds.

The shooting took 16 seconds and investigators say they still don’t have a motive, however, the gunman allegedly carried out the violent act on his 16th birthday.