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California City Police determine threatening social media post against high school not credible

Posted at 4:25 PM, Aug 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 18:37:28-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE 8/25/19:

California City Police have determined the social media post threatening Cal City High School is NOT credible.

After investigating, CCP determined that students walking through campus overheard a special needs students trying to speak with fellow students which lead to misunderstanding the student. Police say the special needs student had originally asked fellow students where a certain classroom was at the school. The evolution of the hallway conversation evolved into a rumor that he was going to shoot up a classroom.

Police interviewed the student at his home. The student explained what he was trying to communicate with the other students and it was determined it was not any type of threat to students or staff. Police say the students parents allowed officers to verify that the student did not have access to weapons and no weapons were found at the home.

CCP says there will be an increased police presence at the schools and the school district will be announcing that there will not be any changes to school schedule next week.

Friday 8/23/19:

California City Police are investigating a threatening social media posting that began circulating Friday night August 23, 2019.

According to CCP, the posting warned students to not attend classes at California City High School next week. Officials say the posting was based on rumors heard from students of a threat of school violence.

Police and school officials are working together to assess the treat level.

This is a developing story. If anyone has information, call CCP at 760-373-8606.