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Two Rosamond High students arrested following investigation into school threat

Posted at 10:16 AM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 20:01:57-05

ROSAMOND, Calif. — UPDATE at 4:58 p.m. at 11/22/2019:

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have arrested a 14-year-old and 15-year-old male students from Rosamond High School following an investigation into school threats.

Officials said the 14-year-old was arrested on a felony violation of criminal threats causing the disruption of school.

KCSO Detectives said with the assistance of Rosamond High School staff, they investigated the source of the aforementioned “official looking document” which appeared to have been drafted by the Rosamond High School Principal.

The false, fabricated document was determined to have been drafted by a Rosamond High School student, at school, during the early hours of November 20, officials said. The 15-year-old student has been arrested for a felony violation of false impersonation and a misdemeanor violation of delaying a peace officer.

This case is still pending further investigation.

According to the superintendent's office of the Southern Kern Unified School District, on Monday officials discovered rumors were circulating that a student had created a list of people that he was going to harm.

Officials said that through their investigation they determined that there was no tangible evidence to support the notion that the student planned to harm others but was allegedly being bullied on campus. Officials said they removed the student from campus so that they could get to the bottom of the issue and to protect all students.

According to the superintendent, a second student created a fake email that had the same address as the principal and may have AirDropped a fake message to several people in the community and possibly shared it on social media. This created a heightened sense of fear and uncertainty.

The message found on social media consisted of the following:

There was an incident on campus that involved police units to respond. SWAT team was not at the school, the officials made this up to reassure kids that it was safe. The person (unnamed), had been found missing from his home on 25th Street. Had fatally injured a caregiver before escaping according to police.

Police units are currently searching the town for the subject. Police will not release more information. Backpack checks will not be administered due to time and budgetary restraints.

If the subject were to enter the campus perimeter, a lockdown will be issued immediately. This issue report will be filed in Case Log 32b for further investigation.

This report will be issued to Southern Kern Unified School District Home Building Number 2.

According to the superintendent, the principal was not even on campus due to having surgery, and this was a fake message.

In collaboration with the Kern County Sheriff's office district, IT officials were able to discover which student was responsible for creating this message.

The superintendent said this will not be tolerated and this type of behavior is not a representation of the Rosamond High School student population.