Update: Social media threat against school unfounded, police say
Update posted Feb. 25, 11 a.m.
–On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Paso Robles PD investigated a disturbing Snapchat post sent to several Paso Robles High School (PRHS) student’s cell phones. The Internet post contained a photo of an AR-15 rifle with the caption “Don’t go to school, there’s a school threat.” Ultimately, officers determined three PRHS students were linked to the social media post; however, any perceived threat was unfounded.
Paso Robles PD officers, detectives, school officers and school officials immediately began investigating the social media post and quickly identified three high school students linked to the Snapchat post. The Snapchat post was created by a male PRHS student while playing Fortnite with two male high school friends. Officers determined the AR-15 rifle depicted in the online post was a screen shot image captured from the Internet; none of the students have access to an AR-15 rifle.
The teens involved with creating the ‘Snap’ said the post was only intended to be shared amongst themselves; however, the online post quickly spread to concerned students and parents.
Police interviewed all three teens and their parents and do not consider the Snapchat post to be a credible threat to Paso Robles High School students. The PRPD has been in constant contact with parents and School District officials; the PRPD will work collaboratively with all parties to hold the students accountable for their inappropriate use of social media.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at 805-237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).
Story posted Feb. 25, 8 a.m.
The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District posted the following on their Facebook regarding a post made by a student on social media:
Late on Sunday night we were informed of a social media post (snapchat via student’s phone) that had a picture of a weapon with a written threat. Local authorities were contacted immediately and all parties took swift action. They investigated and determined the necessary next steps to ensure the safety of our schools and community. Local authorities located the individual responsible and investigated their actions/social media post.
We are able to maintain our regular school day today, Feb. 25, 2019.
Our first priority is always student and staff safety and we will continue to work in partnership with our local authorities to ensure that students are safe. All parties responded quickly, and we are confident in our plans moving forward to address student, staff and parent concerns.
While every student at Paso Robles High School receives cyber-safety education, it does remind us of the importance for us as parents and educators to talk to our students about the significance of their “posts.” Both the school and local authorities are taking every social media post very seriously and we will follow through with disciplinary/legal consequences.