BHS Facebook threat creates panic; parents pick up students from school

Officials were well aware of threat, standing by

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Several dozen parents picked up their kids from Bakersfield High School early Friday due to a Facebook threat of a school shooting.

According to reports, the social media threat was regarding a school shooting that was planned to happen Friday, possibly during 4th period or lunch.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, a fist fight occurred during the school hours at BHS.  Later that night the Bakersfield Police Department received information related to the fight regarding a possibility of a shooting to occur on Friday, Jan 11.

Threats of a shooting spread among students via Facebook and texts.

Officials said they were well aware of the rumors and threat and were on location at BHS all morning.  No lockdown was issued for the school.  

Officials said classes and bell schedules ran smoothly and accordingly.

Parents were made aware of the threat by kids who sent texts or messages to them about it.

The BPD is investigating the incident and possible leads. The threats have not been found to be credible at this point in the investigation.


The BPD proactively and aggressively pursues any leads regarding incidents related to potential violence at schools in Bakersfield.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the BPD at 661-327-7111 or Detective Sean Morphis at 661-326-3871.


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