BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced that it has found no credible evidence regarding threats made against two Kern County schools over the weekend. Still, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the agency is staying cautious and continuing to investigate.
Overnight Golden Valley posted on social media that law enforcement and the Kern High School District Police would be investigating and there would be extra police presence on campus today. The school asked if students decide to remain at home today to call the school’s attendance office and record the absence.
KCSO also confirmed they received multiple calls from parents regarding shooting threats made against Edison Middle School. The middle school’s administration is aware and KCSO said they will be present on the campus today.
Monday morning, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood responded to the situation via Twitter:
The Kern County Sheriff's Office received numerous calls over the weekend regarding social media threats at local schools.— Kern County Sheriff's Office (@KernCoSheriff) October 4, 2021
Sheriff Youngblood discusses the safety and security of our local students and staff: pic.twitter.com/JAy19MuHW1
The Bakersfield Police Department issued the following statement regarding the threats:
The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating two school threats made via social media regarding Thompson Junior High School and Golden Valley High School. The threats are similar and consistent with a national trend in anonymous school threats made via social media.
The Bakersfield Police Department is working closely with the Kern High School District Police Department, Panama Buena Vista School district and Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding these threats. A police presence may be seen throughout the neighborhood and school sites as the investigation occurs.
This is a developing story. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.