South Bay student accused of threatening school shooting

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A freshman student allegedly posted a statement on social media threatening to carry out a shooting at a high school in the South Bay area, police confirmed Sunday.

Chula Vista police were investigating a message posted to Twitter stating there was going to be a shooting at Eastlake High School on Monday.  The online posting included a picture of the student in car with a rifle, officials said.

Investigators were working with school officials from the Sweetwater Union High School District and were planning to be on campus Monday.

Police did not release the identity of the student.

The family of the student was contacted by police and the student was told not to come to school Monday, according to a CVPD officer.

Eastlake High School principal Maria Esther Lizarraga emailed parents Sunday evening stating the school will be open Monday and they will be taking extra steps to ensure the safety of the students and faculty.

“Today we were made aware of a possible threat involving an Eastlake High School student. We are closely working with the Chula Vista Police Department to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. Currently, the CVPD is investigating
the matter and has contacted the family and has taken action to ensure the safety of all students at Eastlake High School. At Eastlake High School, we take safety and security of our students very seriously and we assure you that we will do all we can to maintain a safe and secure campus. Please be aware that there will be school tomorrow and that safety is number one. As an added measure of security, additional security will be on campus tomorrow as well as our school resource officer from the Chula Vista Police Department.”

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