Sheriff's officials: Phoned-in threats against Mar Vista High unfounded

Posted at 5:27 AM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 08:27:53-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) – San Diego County sheriff’s officials confirmed some telephoned threats against Mar Vista High School forced the campus to take precautions Thursday afternoon, but the threats were later determined to be unfounded.

Sheriff’s officials said the Imperial Beach school received “multiple telephone threats from what sounded like juveniles” at about 1:06 p.m.

According to sheriff’s officials, the calls included “statements of shooting the school” but no specific target, person or time was given.

During the calls, laughter was heard in the background, sheriff’s officials noted. Additionally, the phone number used to call the school “was verified as not being a real number.”

The school entered its “secure campus mode” as sheriff’s deputies conducted an on-campus investigation. Deputies stayed at the school through the remainder of the day until all students left the campus.

Deputies did not find any evidence of a credible threat, but officials said every threat is taken seriously and the situation will be investigated.

Anyone with information on the prank calls is asked to call the sheriff's department at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.