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Paso Robles High School student arrested for making criminal threats 

Threat was determined not to be credible after investigation

– On Tuesday at approximately 12:29 p.m., officers from the Paso Robles Police Department responded to Paso Robles High School, located at 801 Niblick Rd., regarding a threat of a school shooting. During a routine bathroom check, high school safety staff discovered a message written in marker on the inside of a stall in the boy’s bathroom. The message was considered hate speech and the message read that there will be a school shooting on Wednesday. The police department takes all threats of this nature very seriously and an investigation was immediately initiated, police said in a news release.

Paso Robles Police school resource officers, with the help of school safety staff, quickly identified a suspect. The suspect is a student at Paso Robles High School and was identified as Levi Harrington (18 years old of Paso Robles). He was immediately taken into custody without incident. He was later booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on the charges of making criminal threats and a hate crime (both felonies).

Through the investigation and subsequent search of the suspect’s residence, officers determined there is no imminent or ongoing threat to the school, students, or faculty.

The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District released the following statement regarding the incident:

PRHS Parents,

Earlier today we discovered racial slurs and hate speech as well as a threat written on the stall of one of our student restrooms. The restroom was immediately secured and an investigation began. During the investigation that included video surveillance footage, we observed several students entering and exiting the restroom. Upon interviewing one of the students, they admitted to writing the statements and the threat as well. A threat assessment was completed and it was determined to be a low level/non-credible threat. The Paso Robles Police Department is involved to ensure the safety of PRHS students and staff. The student involved was also forwarded for disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. We want to thank students and staff for bringing this quickly to our attention. In the midst of all this we want to ask you to remind your students that if they see something that doesn’t seem or feel right, to say something and alert staff immediately. 


This is an ongoing investigation, and the PRPD is requesting anyone with any information to call the PRPD at (805) 237-6464 or persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 805-549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).


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