The school day at Hart High School seems to be going as usual after a bathroom message prompted school and law enforcement officials to beef up security Friday.
An email sent out this morning by Principal Collyn Neilsen said, “The opening of school this morning was normal, save for the added presence of additional deputies at each of our entrances and in the community. We are continuing to investigate as a school and with the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department to determine who wrote the threatening message.
“I am very proud of the students who came forward and notified us of the message on Thursday afternoon, and the cooperation of our staff and students has been exemplary this morning. This is a good reminder for all of us to be vigilant and aware; if you see something, say something. I want to thank our parents for their patience and understanding as we work through this situation. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”
The message written in pencil on the wall of a boy’s restroom detailed an indirect threat for March 25.
Law enforcement officials do not know who wrote the threat but plan to provide additional resources to monitor activities during the school day.
“You never know. We are always going to take any kind of threat seriously by stepping up our presence and patrols,” said Lt. Hahnlein of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
An email was sent out by Hart High School officials on Thursday to notify parents and students of the situation.
“Earlier this afternoon we discovered a threat against Hart High School written in one of our campus restrooms. We have contacted law enforcement and are investigating the issue. At this time we do not have specific details to share other than the fact that the threat was indirect and did not mention any specific person. The threat did mention March 25. Our school will remain open tomorrow,” the email said.
The email also asked students or parents with any information on the threat to contact the local authorities or the Hart tipline at HartTip@hartdistrict.org
“Student safety and staff safety is our number one priority. If we are going to err, we always want to err on the side of caution,” said Dave Caldwell, public information officer for the William S. Hart Union School District.