Officials Investigate Threats Against SoCal Schools

A number of schools across Southern California have been forced to respond to threats on social media in the past ten days. The threats appear to be unrelated.

On Dec. 3, the principal of Arroyo Seco Junior High School in Santa Clarita, Dr. Andy Keyne, notified parents of a “potential specific threat” circulating on social media. Keyne said the school had asked law enforcement to increase patrols around the campus and in the community.

Last week, at least two students were removed from campus or taken into custody in both Buena Park and Santa Monica for making similar threats. Another threat against Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School, a private Catholic school in Montebello, is being investigated. Classes had to be canceled on Dec. 6.

The disturbing cluster of school threats followed yet another school shooting in Michigan that left four students dead. The threats also coincide with the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy right outside Wilmington Park Elementary School this month. The suspect in that case has not yet been identified.