STEVENSON RANCH (CBSLA.com) — Authorities and school administrators said Monday that a threat against a Stevenson Ranch high school was unsubstantiated.
Following a fight last week, rumors surfaced on Twitter stating that someone was planning to bring a gun to West Ranch High School Monday.
“Some of the posts that we have located on social media have been linked back to some students, and working with school administration, we’re speaking with those people,” Deputy Joshua Dubin said.
Detectives and school officials investigated the social media threat over the weekend and determined it was bogus.
“As a follow up to the rumors circulating this weekend of a student planning to bring a gun on campus today, Sheriff’s investigators, along with school administrators, have determined that this information was a result of a student incorrectly overhearing a conversation in passing between students on campus last Friday,” Principal Robert Vincent said in an email Monday.
“The safety of your students and our staff is our #1 priority and we are confident that this situation has been thoroughly investigated,” he added.
Additional patrols on and around the campus will continue throughout the day to assure parents the situation has been handled.
“We should take this opportunity to review the power of social media with our children and how conversations over heard and then passed on as fact may not always be accurate,” Vincent said.
If officials determine that a student did make a threat or carry out a hoax, they could face potential disciplinary action or criminal charges, authorities said.