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Cal City PD investigating high school threat

Student hospitalized after fight, undergoing treatment
Posted at 9:57 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 13:16:57-04

California City Police are investigating a not-credible threat of "school violence" made over the weekend against California City High School after a fight on Friday that sent a student to the hospital.

That student, currently undergoing surgery at a Los Angeles hospital, is a person of interest in the threat investigation, according to Cal City Police. He has been hospitalized since Friday after the fight. Police say the injuries are not life-threatening.

Chief Eric Hurtado said despite information being released from the department and Mojave Unified School District, only about one-third of the school's students came to class Monday morning.

The threat was reported to police Sunday afternoon by parents regarding a social media posting regarding "school violence" planned for Monday. Investigators later determined the threat to not be credible.

Police believe the threat was part of a social media posting between students who heard about the fist fight. Students posted statements allegedly made by students involved in the fight and that the person of interest, a 10th grade boy, did not make the posting himself.

Police searched the student's home and found no weapons at the home. The student and his family have cooperated with police in the investigation.

Hurtado added that the police department's call center has been "busy talking to concerned parents about the local rumors."

Hurtado says there will be additional officers at local schools to answer any questions. He added that the department will work with the school district to share updated information for concerned parents.

Police say no charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.