KEY POINTS

  • The school shooting threat in California was reportedly targeted at Del Norte High and an elementary school
  • The SDPD said it will increase police presence in the area Friday
  • Separate school threats were reported in Colorado, Michigan and Texas on Wednesday

Six schools in California were placed on lockdown Thursday after a shooting threat at the Del Norte High School and an elementary school in the area. The lockdowns placed on all schools were lifted the same day.

In a statement on Twitter on Thursday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said it was “investigating” a threat made via a phone call at the Del Norte High School. The threat was made through a Google number with a robotic voice that stated someone was planning to “shoot up Del Norte High and a nearby elementary school,” KNSD reported. Del Norte High School, Maranatha School, Del Sur Elementary, Design 39, Stone Ranch Elementary, and Monterey Ridge Elementary School were placed on lockdown after the threat.

The said schools are all part of the Poway Unified School District. The lockdowns were lifted at around 2 p.m. Thursday after police confirmed that there was no evidence of actual physical threats to the affected school campuses.

The SDPD has since said that the community should expect “an extra police presence” in the area Friday following the threat. SDPD Lt. Adam Sharki said “any threat is taken very seriously, especially after what just happened,” referring to Tuesday’s mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and 2 teachers dead.

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly threatened to carry out a shooting at Casey Middle School during ceremonies scheduled Thursday at the facility. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office arrested the teenager who is now faced with a misdemeanor charge of interference of staff or students of educational institutions and a felony charge of inciting destruction of life or property, KDVR reported.

Also on Wednesday, the Shelby Township Police in Michigan arrested an 18-year-old who allegedly threatened a school shooting on social media, Fox 2 reported. The teen allegedly posted on social media about shooting and killing students at an unspecified school, investigators revealed. Detectives said weapons were found in the teen’s residence and were removed from the home. The suspect is pending arraignment.

In Texas, 19-year-old Joel Plascencia was taken into custody Wednesday evening after he allegedly made a terroristic threat on the school he was attending, Seguin High School, KSAT reported. Plascencia reportedly told students he would bring an AK-47 rifle to school.

Multiple threats across different schools in the United States have been reported since Tuesday’s heinous shooting at the Robb Elementary School.

Crosses sit outside the Robb Elementary School in remembrance of those killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas Crosses sit outside the Robb Elementary School in remembrance of those killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas Photo: AFP / allison dinner