Threat against Sweetwater High School circulates on social media

Posted at 11:29 AM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 15:05:06-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - Police presence was increased at a South Bay high school Friday after students received word of a possible threat posted on social media.

A Sweetwater Union High School District spokesperson told 10News a shooting threat made against Sweetwater High School was deemed not credible after an investigation by the district and National City police. The investigation found that the whole situation was just a rumor and no threat was actually made, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on how it was determined that no threat was ever made. He told 10News parents were notified about the situation and school is continuing as normal.

The spokesperson could not say anything about the student named in the supposed threat, but he did confirm that no arrests were made. However, some parents claimed police informed them that someone had in fact been arrested.

Even after the investigation, police officers made their presence visible at the campus on Friday morning.

10News reached out to National City police for comment, but they have not responded.

Students told 10News that rumors of a shooting set to happen at a school assembly scheduled for Friday began circulating on Thursday and quickly spread on social media.

10News learned many students chose to come to school, but several decided to not attend class Friday.

One student posted on Snapchat: "(hashtag) not attending school, (hashtag) too pretty to die."

Another student posted: "The rumors about the shooting low key scaring me … but I gotta take a test so I'm risking my life."

District officials want to make it clear that they believe the supposed threat -- the second the district has dealt with in the past week -- is just a rumor and no one should be afraid.

The assembly referred to in the supposed threat was not canceled and was set to go on as scheduled later Friday afternoon.