Threat to 'shoot up school' written in high school bathroom in Lafayette

With what happened in Parkland just a few weeks ago, glad students in the Bay Area aren't afraid to speak up when they see something wrong.

A threat to shoot up the school was found written on a girls bathroom stall at Acalanes High School in Lafayette. 

The threat read "I will shoot up the school next week."

Police are investigating the threat.

The school sent a note out to parents which included a photo of the writing saying:

Dear Acalanes Community,

I wanted to let you know that this afternoon a student reported to administration that she found a threatening graffiti remark written in one of the stalls of the 400 girls restroom. I have included an image of it below.

We immediately contacted Lafayette Police who was quick to send two officers to assist in doing a risk assessment and evaluation of student safety. Both Lafayette Police and administration feel that the campus is safe to continue with our normal school schedule. We are investigating all possible leads and cooperating with Lafayette Police Department.

Student and staff safety is our highest priority. As a follow up response and precaution, Lafayette Police will be parking a car out front all next week and will have an officer on site.

In the wake of recent events, I recognize how difficult it can be to have conversations with your children about violence in schools.  The National Association of School Psychologists has provided a great resource for talking to children about violence and it is linked for your reference.

I am so thankful a student came forward with this report and encourage you to talk to your child about reporting any rumor, suspicious activity, or potentially unsafe situation immediately to school administration or a teacher. You can tell your child the following phrase, "If you see something, say something."

If you have any questions or concerns, or any additional information, please reach out.

Thank you,Travis Bell

Photo: Getty

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