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Officials say second Rancho Bernardo High note was not credible

Posted at 4:17 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 19:45:52-04

RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. (KGTV) - For the second consecutive day, Rancho Bernardo High School officials and San Diego Police are investigating a threatening note found on campus.

Friday, however, the school continued as normal after officials and police determined the note was not a credible threat and a lockdown was not necessary.

RBHS principal Dave LeMaster sent a letter to parents alerting them of the incident, saying "another note was found in the same restroom as yesterday. We immediately contacted San Diego PD officers who determined the threat was not credible and that no lockdown was necessary."

Officials described the note as significantly vaguer than Thursday's note, which prompted a lockdown of the campus and nearby Bernardo Heights Middle School.

LeMaster's full statement:

Dear Bronco Families,

Earlier today another note was found in the same restroom as yesterday. We immediately contacted San Diego PD officers who determined the threat was not credible and that no lockdown was necessary. However, several officers remained on campus during lunch as an extra precaution. The school day has been progressing as normal and students will be released at the regular dismissal time.

We will continue to work with SDPD on investigating the origins of the notes. As always, the safety of our students and community is our top priority.

THURSDAY'S INCIDENT: 2 RBHS students arrested for threats that prompted lockdown

Thursday, a note reading "at 1:10 a white boy is going to shootup the school" was found in a restroom on campus. As a result, SDPD was called and brought in as the campus was locked down and secured.

Two students were arrested and two others were questioned and released in connection with the incident.

San Diego Police Captain Stephanie Rose said the students who made the threatening post said they thought it "was funny." Rose asked parents to discuss the seriousness of such posts with their children.

Thursday's note followed a Snapchat posting on Wednesday, of three RBHS students posing with airsoft guns, according to SDPD. That post was accompanied with a message to the effect of "tomorrow it's done," Rose said. 

Police said the students arrested Thursday are facing serious charges, including making terrorist threats.