Threat posted against Mt. Carmel HS on social media, student detained

SAN DIEGO – A Mt. Carmel High School student was detained after allegedly posting a threat against the school on Instagram Tuesday night.

The student posted a gun and emphasized a threat towards the school, authorities said Wednesday.

The teenager was taken into custody around 12:15 a.m. and taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation, police said. His parents allowed police to search the home and no weapon was found.

Poway Unified School officials say there is no credible threat to the school.

Greg Magno, the school’s principal, sent the following information to parents:

Dear Sundevil Families,

There was an incident late last night where social media was used to circulate a threat about the school.  Because of our community’s willingness to report early and often, Mt. Carmel Administration and SDPD were able to work through the early morning to investigate this.  SDPD have notified us that the person responsible for the social media posting has been located.  SDPD and school administration will be working together today to address the person responsible for this posting.

At this time San Diego Police have stated that there is no threat to the school related to this posting.

I would like to thank our community for their willingness to report, and because of this we were able to work in short time to address the situation.

Thank you,

Greg Magno

Principal, Mt. Carmel HS