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A heightened police presence will be seen on the campus of Aragon High School in San Mateo Thursday after San Mateo police received a threat to the school via a social media site, a police sergeant said today. Police were notified this morning of a rambling threat that appeared on a Facebook Anonymous “confessions” page. The online posting lead San Mateo police officers and detectives to the school to investigate the threat and provide increased safety to the high school, which is located on Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo’s tony Baywood neighborhood, according to San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris.
The high school is one of seven high schools in the San Mateo Union High School District. Officials at the San Mateo-Foster City School District were also notified as one of its elementary schools, Baywood Elementary School, is located close to Aragon. “While it’s not our experience that real threats are posted in advance on popular online forums, the safety of our city’s students and school campuses are of paramount concern,” Norris said in a statement.
Security operations and a strong police presence will greet students at school Thursday morning. The San Mateo Police Department is working closely with the school districts to investigate and assess the source and level of the threat. According to police, offenders issuing or posting any threats will be held accountable. Police will provide updates to the community when information comes available, according to Norris.
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