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Coronado High School student arrested for social media threat

Coronado High School
Posted at 2:05 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 17:05:26-05

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A Coronado High School student was arrested Tuesday morning after making a threat against another student, police say.

According to police, the student made threats of violence against another student on social media.

Officers found and arrested the student at their home without incident, police said in a news release.

“Exercising an abundance of caution, we communicated with staff that we may enter into a shelter-in-place (soft lockdown), and that we would provide notification if the situation changed. We later determined a soft lockdown was appropriate as we awaited confirmation from the Coronado Police Department that the situation had been resolved,” Karl Mueller, Superintendent of Coronado Unified School District said in a letter to parents.

“The police department takes every threat of violence seriously, and each threat is thoroughly investigated,” the department said.

Following the incident, the school sent the following letter to parents:

We appreciate your patience and understanding this morning as we worked in close collaboration with the Coronado Police Department regarding a threat made via social media. The threat was made by a high school student who was not on campus today and was specific to another individual. We received communications from law enforcement reassuring staff and students were safe and not in imminent danger; this statement was shared with our staff. Exercising an abundance of caution, we communicated with staff that we may enter into a shelter-in-place (soft lockdown), and that we would provide notification if the situation changed. We later determined a soft lockdown was appropriate as we awaited confirmation from the Coronado Police Department that the situation had been resolved. Additionally, and unrelated, immediately following the soft lockdown, a student pulled a fire alarm during the break at CHS causing additional confusion and concern among staff and our student body. There was no fire. Our students and staff have resumed regular activities. While we work in close collaboration with law enforcement, we will always balance our duty of care and safety to students with the desire to effectively communicate accurate information with our shareholders. Social media makes this challenging. Please trust that communications from CUSD will be factual and timely while prioritizing the immediate safety of our students and staff. As part of our CUSD community during emergency situations, you can expect to hear directly from the district through phone/text/email. Thank you again for your patience today and your ongoing partnership in keeping all of our schools safe places to learn and thrive.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Coronado Police Department at 619-522-7364.