Sheriff's officials say threat against Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley is not credible

Posted at 10:03 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 10:17:43-04

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - Additional law enforcement officers will be present at Steele Canyon High School Friday after a threatening message against the school was posted on social media the day before.

According to San Diego County sheriff’s officials, at around 8 p.m. Thursday, a school resource deputy assigned to the Spring Valley school “received information about an image being circulated via social media by students at the school and immediately started to investigate. The image was a picture of a threatening message written on an unknown surface, at an unknown location, and was taken on an unknown date. The message threatened a school shooting, but did not reference a specific school. The school was searched in an attempt to locate the original message, but the message was not found.”

A concerned viewer sent 10News a screenshot of the threat on Thursday night. The threat appeared in a Snapchat post and indicated that the threat would take place at the school on Friday.

Steele Canyon High School Principal Don Hohimer addressed the threat on the school's Facebook page:

Tonight there was a "Shoot up the School" Snapchat post reported by our students, parents, and community. That information was immediately shared with our School Resource Officer.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has conducted an investigation and is not able to substantiate ANY credible threat to our campus or students.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will have additional law enforcement on campus on Friday and Monday. We appreciate the concern and vigilance of our students, families, and community in helping to keep our campus safe.

We will continue to work closely with the Sheriff’s Department, and want to assure all in our school community of our commitment to student and staff safety.

Sheriff’s officials are reminding students who hear of any threats of violence or potential violence to contact a school resource deputy or call the anonymous Crime Stoppers Students Speaking Out Tip Line at (888) 580‐8477 or the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565‐5200.