A middle school student in San Dimas was being kept home from classes while investigators try to determine who has been repeatedly threatening to kill her in a series of posts on Instagram, authorities said Friday.
The girl, who has not been identified but was described as a student at Lone Hill Middle School, is the specific target of posts, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The posts show photos of the victim with threatening captions. One image shows a knife.
“Enjoy your fame on the news … Your life is very short sweetheart, this is your last week! Times up!!” reads one caption, in an apparent reference to news media coverage of the case.
“That smile! I cant wait till its just blood and tears,” another post reads.
At least one new threat was posted this week, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release issued Friday.
“Like the previous messages, the messages appear to be made by middle school students directed at one intended victim,” the department’s release stated. “The victim is safe at home, and she is aware of the support of her schoolmates and the community.”
Students reported the threats to school administrators on Monday, a Bonita Unified School District assistant superintendent told the San Bernardino Sun. The girl was taken from campus by her mother after deputies came to the school, the official told the newspaper.
Instagram, the photo-based social media platform owned by Facebook, has been cooperating with investigators, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The process of figuring out where the posts came from could take several rounds of search warrants, the release stated.
Extra patrols were deployed to the school and the victim’s home.
“We hope to preserve peace and normalcy for the victim and other students at the school,” the Sheriff’s Department stated.