Social media threats target schools in LA, Santa Clarita

LOS ANGELES — Security was beefed up Wednesday at some area school campuses in response to social media posts referencing a possible shooting.

Sheriff’s officials in the Santa Clarita Valley said deputies were dispatched to several schools in the area in response to an online post which was described as a video threatening a shooting that would take place Wednesday and a school and an Albertsons grocery store, although no specific location was given.

Anyone with information regarding the threat was asked to call the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station at 661-260-4000.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles School Police Department issued a statement saying it was aware of a “screen shot of an alleged school threat that was recently shared on social media. The threat is vague and does not specify a school location.”

“After a thorough investigation by both LASPD and (Los Angeles Police Department), we have determined there is no known evidence of a credible threat to our school community related to this post,” according to the department. “Our students and staff remain safe. The LASPD will continue to support LAUSD schools.”

It was unclear if the two threats were related. Anyone with information on the LAUSD posting was asked to call LA School Police at 213-625-6631.

Anonymous tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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