LANCASTER – In the aftermath of a shooting at Highland High School, authorities are working to address “multiple rumors on the internet regarding threats to two local high schools,” according to the Sheriff’s Department.
“The first message is of a possible threat to Quartz Hill High School,”states a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Detectives from our school unit immediately began investigating the threat and have located the individual who re-posted the message. A threat assessment was conducted and it has been discovered the post is an old post relating back to a previously investigated incident from February. At this time, this post has been deemed a non-credible threat,” the news release states.
The previously investigated incident at Quartz Hill High School was a social media threat on Feb. 22 that followed a verbal threat of violence on Feb. 21. A student was detained in connection with the verbal threat, and the social media threat was deemed not credible.
Detectives are also investigating a post about a rumored threat to Highland High School, the scene of a shooting Friday when a 14-year-old boy wounded a 15-year-old boy.
“Detectives from the school unit have also located the individual who posted this message,” the news release states. “While the individual claims this is only a rumor, detectives are investigating every lead thoroughly. The investigation is still ongoing.”
Sheriff’s officials thanked every parent, faculty member and student who alerted law enforcement to the posts.
“We continue to work hand in hand with our community to ensure we provide the safest learning environment for all of our students,” the news release states. “Our station takes every single threat, comment and/or rumor seriously and will investigate each one thoroughly.”
Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside the field office of Congressman Steve Knight on Saturday, May 12, to continue the push for improved school safety and gun control measures. Organizers said Knight has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the gun rights group.
“We need a change,” protester Diana Zaragoza told CBS2. “How much (are) our lives worth to him, $15,000 from the NRA? That’s sad. We just want him to do something. Listen to us.”
Knight released a statement pointing to a bill he introduced in Congress calling for increased funding for more training and school safety measures.
He said the Friday shooting “continues to underline the urgency we are facing in America to make our schools safer.”
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14 comments for "Authorities investigate school threat rumors after Palmdale shooting"
Every soul that is loyal to the NRA, (one collectively), is responsible for every shooting that takes a life and instills fear in our children! I know most children that bring guns to school or anywhere else, get them at home from so called responsible gun owners. The NRA only cares about pushing their agenda which is power, revenue, and misguided Christian values. Notice how Donald Trump told the people sort of what they wanted to hear to calm people down after the Parkland shooting. Then he attended the NRA prayer conference, and showed his true colors.
Give me the name of one NRA member who committed one of these shootings.
@Jan…Adam Lanza and his mother. Of course the NRA denies that they were, even though pamphlets, and certificates saying they were members, were found in their home by Connecticut law enforcement. The NRA purposely keeps information secret because the NRA and those that are loyal to this monster want it that way. That’s two Jan, and just think of all the families they destroyed. I say they because she played a part in the monstrous act that Adam did.
Alexis you are full of it. I dont agree with you one bit, but if I did I would have to use actual logic and say its not the NRA who is responsible it is in fact the politicians and going a step further every American who voted for any politician. Politicians control law making, not the nra. And if said politicians were going against there constituents than they would be thrown out of office. If you want to organize and elect new politicians have at it but stop blaming the nra.
@Really…I am going to leave out (you are full of it), and just say I don’t agree with you. The NRA buys the politician (most Republicans), then the politicians control the law making, which most gun loving Republicans vote for. Somewhere along the line the misguided gun loving Christians (mostly NRA), started thinking a vote for a Republican politician must be the answer to make America great again. After all, misguided Christians think stockpiling weapons and the NRA’s agenda is a God given right.
Funny how you latch on to republicans and christians. Part of the reason I say your full of it. Do you ever wonder why when the democrats controlled presidency and both houses they did nothing about the issues you speak of. The nra can “buy” a politician but if they go against the will of their constituents they will be thrown out. Further I dont get your comments about christians. Constitutional rights apply to all and the foundational document for our country recognizes that fact by stating “endowed by our creator”. Christians believe everything comes from god. Where do you believe your rights come from? The government? If you dont believe they come from a creator than you cant really argue for any of your rights because you would be saying that you disagree that we were all created with the intent that we could pursue life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. If we werent created with that intent than government has the ability to do whatever they want and the only freedoms we have are at the whim of the government.
I am a Christian, and know I am to submit to a government set in place, no matter how corrupt it is. I also know that the constitution was set in place by men with part truth’s of God’s Word. I don’t have a political affiliation, because my citizenship lies elsewhere. God’s Royal Law comes from the creator, and the sixth commandment says “Thou shalt not kill.” Christians are to be imitators of Christ, and Jesus says to put away the sword. I put my faith and trust in God, and choose to obey His commandments as much as I can on the path to Him. My opinion is just that and no one can force feed anyone. The gentleman that was portrayed in Hacksaw Ridge did more without a gun than most that have one; His Name was Desmond Doss. Christians arming themselves with guns and calling it a God given right do not understand that it is not the teaching’s of Jesus.
“For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out
God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
There are plenty of bible verses that discuss killing and also not killing. Obviously killing from rage or personal vendetta is wrong. But you cant honestly believe what you said above about Hacksaw ridge. Its a very pie in the sky view. So we need no police only fireman? No soldiers only medics? I dont think world history would be very kind if we followed that mantra.
You are right that there are way too many murders but the issue is moral defect not “christian” gun ownership.
@Really…I will not quote Scripture, because it is too easily taken out of context. You are free to own a gun as a Christian, and you are also free to belong to the NRA. I choose not to own a gun, and I believe the NRA and what it stands for is contrary to God’s law. At the end of a Christian’s life here on earth we stand alone before God in judgment, so it is between God and His creation. Thank you for your input.
Hard to find info, but think about this….
In 2013 (I can’t find updated info quickly), there were roughly 316 million people in the US.
It is estimated that 22-29% of that population own guns. So lets say 79 million in the middle range.
There are only estimates of NRA membership but the group touts 5 million members.
This means few gun owners are NRA members and probably do not care what the NRA has to say beyond the right to own the guns.
You hit the nail on the head with the sarcasm about ‘responsible’ gun owners. It is a well known trend that gun owners rarely own safes for said guns. Many do not even cable lock or trigger lock the guns.
I went so far as to sell my guns legally when I evaluated my son to have a problem with violence. He still got in some trouble but at least he did not shoot/kill anyone.
People need to take responsibility. Guns, while readily available are not the problem… unhinged individuals are the problem. Fix the unhinged and criminal minded, there would be no need for guns. Good luck.
He’s not the only politician being pimped out by lobbyists.
Union 4 Life says
BYD and IBEW own Rex, Marv, Steve, and Austin. Follow the money, follow the favors, follow the appointments, follow the spending.
Tim Scott says
True, but he’s the one who is supposed to be representing us and is instead representing the national party and their favorite lobbyists.
Republican National Committee: Let’s include some provisions to punish California in this bill.
Pete Knight: Okay, no problem.
RNC: Are you sure you can do that?
Pete Knight: I’ve never done anything to represent my district, I just toe the GOP line.
RNC: Okay, good man. We’ll make sure to keep funding your campaigns.
I do not see this as a control issue.