Temecula school district officials were investigating two threats made to campuses within the district on Thursday, just two days after a threat was found written on a Great Oak High School bathroom wall that officials do not believe to be credible.
The additional threats, affecting Temecula Valley High School and Temecula Middle School, were both reported to administrators Thursday morning, Temecula Valley Unified School District said on Facebook around 11:20 a.m. District officials said the matter at TVHS is already resolved, and the TMS threat appears to be a “copycat” incident related to the Great Oak threat and is not believed to be credible.
“We have notified the families of both schools and because of increasing non-valid rumors, we want to share district wide,” the district’s Facebook post said. “Both incidents were reported first thing this morning. The police were immediately involved and are assisting the schools.”
In the TVHS incident, administrators were made aware of a Snapchat post with a photo of an airsoft gun and the words “TVHS.”
“We have been able to identify the source of the post,” district officials said. “The individual responsible met with TVHS administration and law enforcement officials around 8:00 a.m. and admitted to making the post.”
The district did not say whether the person who made the Snapchat post was a student.
At TMS, staff discovered writing on a tile in a girls’ restroom stating “/26 shooting.” The month was illegible but is believed to have been intended to say “9/26 shooting” – the same as the threat found in a Great Oak bathroom on Tuesday.
“While we do not believe the writing is a credible threat, we are following all of our normal protocols and procedures to investigate and determine the identity of the writer(s),” district officials said.
The district said in its Facebook post that an additional rumor circulating at TMS that a gun was discovered on campus is “NOT TRUE and COMPLETELY A RUMOR.”
“We continue to monitor these situations and we know they are causing great concern and anxiety for our students and families,” the district said. “We truly regret these incidents but we are doing everything we can to respond with vigilance, support, and communication.”