Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials report that detectives have checked out more than two dozen school-related threats posted online in the week since the Nov. 14 Saugus High School shootings.
Here’s more of the story from the station’s social media:
“In the aftermath of tragic shootings, there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools. Safety is paramount for our students, and our station’s detectives and deputies respond to each and every threat they are made aware of, conducting a thorough assessment.
“These threats — often posted on social media or as an insensitive casual remark verbally made to a fellow student — are taken very seriously.
“Hoax threats are no joking matter, and they can have devastating consequences — both for our community members and for the perpetrators. They can cause severe anxiety to students and parents, and by making thoughtless remarks or posting pictures implying violence on social media, young people risk starting out their adulthood with a criminal record and being labeled a felon.
“’We take each threat seriously. We investigate and complete a thorough assessment to determine its credibility,’ said SCV Sheriff’s COBRA Sergeant Brian Shreves. ‘Detectives spend countless hours conducting interviews, doing extensive research, meeting with school administrators and doing home checks.’
“Over the last week, station COBRA detectives completed over two dozen threat assessments. Three Santa Clarita students, from elementary to high school-aged kids, were detained on criminal charges. Two other Santa Clarita students were referred to appropriate resources.
What Should I Do?
“If you see a threat of violence directed towards our schools posted on social media, contact the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
“Notify us but don’t share or forward the threat until our detectives have had a chance to investigate — this can spread misinformation and cause panic.
“If you are a parent, talk to your child about the importance of responsible social media use and the consequences of posting hoax threats.”