Etiwanda High School social media threat prompts increased security
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - Officials are investigating a threat made against Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga.
The audio recording, presumably from a student, has been circulating on social media threatening to shoot up the school at 2:20 p.m. Thursday. Several parents have expressed their concerns and are worried the threat could be carried out.
In the message, the unidentified student can be heard saying they plan to shoot everyone in the school before turning the gun on themselves, adding "they will remember me for ages."
The person in the recording reportedly also said they had a map of the school with the layout of the classrooms and exits.
Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Matthew Holton, Ed.D said the following in a statement:
"Last night, students brought to our attention, posts on social media that indicated a threat toward a school campus with no reference to Etiwanda. Law enforcement was contacted and investigated the threat throughout the night. This morning, law enforcement contacted us and indicated there is no credible threat to our high school and students and staff are safe to come to school today.
We will continue to communicate with our students that any post that could be perceived as a threat will be thoroughly investigated and the individual will be disciplined and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. These actions create a significant disturbance on a school campus and will not be tolerated.
We are thankful that our students share information such as this incident with us.
It will always be my commitment to proactively provide our school community with information as we receive it. We appreciate our strong relationship with Rancho Police Department and we are thankful for their quick response, investigation and continued presence for our students peace of mind"
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Parents said they were notified by the school principal, Dr. Mac Wolfe, about the ongoing investigation.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said deputies will be patrolling the campus out of an abundance of caution.
"Deputies and detectives from our Rancho Cucamonga Station are aware of the threats and are working to identify the suspect or suspects. There will be extra patrols and security at the school today," sheriff's officials said in a statement.
School officials said classes are not canceled and will resume as scheduled.
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