San Mateo police are investigating threats made toward Aragon High School via Facebook on Wednesday morning.
The threats were made on a Facebook page on an anonymous "Confessions" page, and contained a "rambling threat" against Aragon High School for Thursday, San Mateo Police Sgt. Dave Norris said.
Police responded to the school and are working with the school district, as well as the social media site, to investigate and assess the source and level of the threat.
The Police and the San Mateo Union High School District also opted to provide an increased safety presence to the school Wednesday while investigating the threat.
Due to the proximity to Baywood Elementary School, the San Mateo-Foster City District Staff were also notified.
While investigating this threat, the school districts and the police are focused on the level and appropriate safety precautions and responses, while keeping staff and the school community informed.
"These threats are taken seriously, and offenders issuing or posting any threats will be held accountable," Norris said in a statement.
Information related to this investigation or online threats should be related directly to the San Mateo Police Department at 650-522-7700.
A message from the San Mateo Police Department:
While it is not our experience that real threats are posted in advance on popular on-line forums, the safety of our City’s students and school campuses are of paramount concern. Police presence will be heightened at the campus and security operations will be conducted in the interim.
Our schools and public safety staff continually review and drill on our safety practices and are well prepared to address any and all safety concerns on our campuses. Once further investigation has revealed any additional details, Police and the Schools will work closely to determine the appropriate next steps to ensure the safety of San Mateo’s school campuses.
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