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BPD says social media threat about school shooting is believed to be a hoax

Social media post has gone nationwide
Posted at 10:05 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 11:54:44-05

A social media post threatening a shooting at "SHS" is making the rounds on social media. 

The post appears to be written by a "Ray Andres" and reads "I will not being telling people what my name is, but I will bring a gun to school Tomorrow, so be prepared to hear shoots (sic)." Another post shortly after reads, "Yes SHS is the school I want."

23ABC reached out to local law enforcement to see if they are investigating the posts, according to Shafter Police Department, they are aware of the threat, but are redirecting all questions to the Kern High School District Police Department. 

23ABC reached out to the Kern High School District for comment. Lisa Krch, a spokeswoman for the district said there has been no threat made against South High School, Shafter High School, or Stockdale High School. 

Krch said a social media post that originated from Ohio quickly went viral on social media, naming a potential shooting at "SHS." 

"KHSD takes every threat seriously, and we want to reassure our students, parents, and staff that safety will continue to be our top priority," Krch said.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said they have not received any reports of a threat to a high school and were not aware of the social media post. 

23ABC reached out to the Bakersfield Police Department who said they are aware of the post. BPD received 23 calls regarding the threat, however through their investigation they determined this post has traveled through social media nationwide. Officials believe it is a hoax and does not appear to involve any local Kern County schools. 

A search online shows multiple law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have posted on Facebook about the same social media threat. 

This is a developing story, we will update the information as we hear back from agencies.