SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities stepped up their presence at a high school in Santa Clarita on Monday after rumors circulated online about a possible threat.
The rumored threat involved a student bringing a gun to West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch.
A student told school administrators Friday about overhearing another student mention bringing the gun on Monday.
The student heard it in a group, but couldn’t remember who said it, according to Sgt. Richard Nagler, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The threat was completely unsubstantiated, Nagler said, but it spread quickly on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The sheriff’s department added additional deputies at campus on Monday to reassure parents and students.
There is typically one deputy at the school.
“I want you to know that we are aware of social media posts indicating an alleged threat at West Ranch High School on Monday,” Principal Bob Vincent said in a letter to parents.
He said that school officials, the school district and the sheriff’s department were investigating the rumors.
“We plan to have increased Sheriff’s presence on and around campus over the next few days,” Vincent added. “The safety of our students and staff are our number one priority.”