Scotts Valley police are investigating an online threat from someone who wrote that they would be “shooting up” Scotts Valley High School, prompting the school to cancel classes today. A student called police at 10 p.m. Thursday to report reading a post on a Facebook page titled “Scotts Valley High School” that mentioned “shooting up the school,” police Lt. John Wilson said.
“If you go to school tomorrow, you will die,” the post read, according to police. Officers contacted school officials, who canceled today’s classes at the high school located at 555 Glenwood Drive, Wilson said. The Facebook page in the school’s name is not an official school website and was created by a student who is not considered responsible for the threatening post, Wilson said. The person who wrote the post used an alias on Facebook and police are tying to trace the location of the message, he said.
Scotts Valley police stationed an officer at the closed high school and also sent officers to an elementary school and a middle school in Scotts Valley that remain open, Wilson said. Another elementary school in the Scotts Valley area is under the jurisdiction of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department, which was made aware of the threat, Wilson said. This is the first time in memory that Scotts Valley High has been closed because of a threat, Wilson said. “We’ve dealt with cyber bullies before,” he said. “It’s getting to be more common that we’d like it to be.”
A message posted on the school’s website by Scotts Valley Unified School District Superintendent Penny Weaver said police are working with school officials in investigating the threat.
Weaver said updates will be sent via email to all parents and staff in the district’s database and will be posted on its website at www.scottsvalleyusd.org.
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