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Student arrested after making threat to McKee Middle School

District confirms no credible threat
Posted at 10:06 AM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 17:09:57-05

The Greenfield Union School District Superintendent and the Kern County Sheriff's Office confirmed to 23ABC that a student at McKee Middle School was arrested for making an alleged threat to the school.

On Feb. 21 toward the end of the school day, KCSO said a deputy assigned as a School Resource Officer investigated a threatening message written in a girls' bathroom at McKee. The handwritten message made threats to "shoot up" the school the next day, KCSO said. 

Additional deputies and security were assigned on campus the following day. The threat was deemed to not be credible, according to GUSD. It was determined the student did not have access to any weapons, had no specific plans, and did not intend on carrying out the threat, according to KCSO.

23ABC first learned about the threat found in the bathroom from a parent of a student at McKee. 

The Kern County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a 13-year-old female student was arrested on Thursday after a threat was made to the school.

The student was disciplined by the school and received a citation for making a false emergency.

GUSD said an automated message and letter was sent to families Friday morning regarding the threat that read:

"Good morning, this message is for parents and families of McKee Middle School students regarding an alleged threat of a school shooting made by a student; this report was thoroughly investigated by administrative staff working in conjunction with the Kern County Sheriff's Department. It was determined by investigating deputies that this was NOT a credible threat. However, appropriate actions were taken due to the disruption this created on campus. We want to reassure you that Greenfield Union School considers student and staff safety a top priority. Therefore staff will continue to be vigilant, will investigate and act on any reports of threats to the safety of our students and staff."

GUSD said additional resources such as counselors, psychologist and social workers have been assigned to McKee incase students need support. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact KCSO at 661-861-3110.