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Police, School Officials Investigate False Threat at Murrieta Mesa

Police say they looked into a threat that was made Wednesday, and determined it was "not credible."

Police, School Officials Investigate False Threat at Murrieta Mesa
An threat made on a social networking site Wednesday against students at a Murrieta high school was determined to be unfounded, police tell Patch.

"There was an anonymous threat that was made on an internet site called Yic Yak and it was determined not to be a credible threat," Murrieta Police Lt. Tony Conrad told Patch.  "However patrol was increased at Mesa High School because of it."

Conrad says that someone-- likely a student-- posted an anonymous threat about potentially bringing a firearm to the campus and "shooting up" the school.

Police responded, and attempted to verify if the threat was credible.  Their investigation found it was not, Conrad said.

Parents of Murrieta Mesa High School students were sent the following message Wednesday afternoon:

This is Steve Ellis calling with information for Murrieta Mesa parents about an incident that occurred today. 

One of our students saw a threat against the school on a social media site which was reported to the school. 

School administrators were informed and immediately notified Murrieta Police who are investigating this matter.  The school is cooperating with police on their investigation and they are working to determine who posted the threat.

The social media site is called Yik Yak and it allows users to post anonymously.  Parents please check your teen’s phone to see if they have downloaded the Yik Yak app and have a discussion with them about the potential dangers and harm a careless post can have on individuals and on their school community.   

I want to assure you that we take this incident very seriously and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Our number one priority is student safety and our school has several safeguards and emergency procedures in place to ensure staff and student safety.  

In order for our school to remain a safe haven, we must all work together to provide the safe environment that our students deserve.  Anyone who has information about this incident is encouraged to contact Murrieta Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch line at (951) 696-3615 or an anonymous call may be made to We Tip at  1-800-78-CRIME -or- 1-800-782-7463

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.

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