On Monday, Knigthsen Elementary School Administration reached out to parents alerting them about a rumor of a shooting planned on campus stemming from social media.
As of early Tuesday morning Principal Leanne Sarmento stated in an email that the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies were on campus as a precaution.
Saramento said the school feels confident that there is no immediate concern regarding safety, that the threat was nothing more than a rumor.
“None of the students who reported hearing of the rumor actually saw any threat via Snapchat or any other social media,” said Saramento.
Below are both alerts sent out to parents:
At 10 p.m. this evening, Superintendent Estrada and I received notifications of rumors circulating among our 8th grade students via Snapchat that there is reported to be some kind of shooting planned at school tomorrow. No one knows where or how this rumor started and there is no evidence of a specific threat by any identified person. Local authorities have been notified.
We take these threats very seriously. If you or your children have any information or screenshots of information regarding these threats, please contact myself or the superintendent. Any disruption to the learning environment such as these cyber threats are cause for potential disciplinary action or charges being made.
Principal, Knightsen School
An update regarding threats…
In contact with sheriff department this morning and they will be present at the school today. We feel confident that there is no immediate concern regarding safety, that the threat was nothing more than a rumor. None of the students who reported hearing of the rumor actually saw any threat via Snapchat or any other social media. Students report that they heard others are staying home because of the rumor.
However, we cannot be too cautious, therefore contacts to sheriff’s department and emails were sent home last night.
The Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office has yet to issue an update as of 8:45 am Tuesday.