UPDATE: BPD makes arrest in Thompson Junior High School threat

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UPDATE (10/5): The Bakersfield Police Department arrested a 14-year-old girl in connection with a social media threat against faculty and students at Thompson Junior High School.

The girl is a student at Thompson Junior High, according to BPD. The investigation revealed that there appeared to be no means or intent to follow through with the threat in this incident; however, threats made via social media are prohibited by California law.

The investigation into the threat made against Golden Valley High School is ongoing and not believed to be connected to this incident. BPD says all incidents of school threats are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.


UPDATE (11:50 a.m.): The Bakersfield Police Department said it is working with officials including the FBI as it investigates threats made against Thompson Junior High School and Golden Valley High School.

In comments consistent with what the sheriff said earlier Monday, police said the anonymous online threats appear to be part of a national trend.

Anyone with information is asked to call the BPD at 661-327-7111.


UPDATE (10:50 a.m.): Sheriff Donny Youngblood said deputies have investigated the school threats and found no credible information, according to a message on Twitter.

The threats are believed to be a social media event that began in Los Angeles County, the sheriff said. Still, he asked residents to report anything unusual.

“Be alert, we’re on alert, and we will do our best to protect your children,” Youngblood said.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Several schools in Kern County are ramping up security due to threats made on social media over the weekend.

Officials at Edison Middle School, Golden Valley High School and Thompson Jr. High School posted statements online, saying they’re aware of threats made on social media. Kern County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are actively investigating the threats. School officials say extra security and a police presence will be seen at some campuses out of an abundance of caution.

Golden Valley High School posted the following message to its Instagram:

“A rumor has circulated over social media about causing harm to GVHS. The Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern High School District Police Department are currently investigating the matter. Safety is our utmost priority for GVHS. Extra police officers and security will be on campus to further maintain a safe campus. If students remain at home, please call the GVHS attendance office to record all absences.”

An emergency text alert was sent out by school officials at Edison High School. It reads,

“The Edison School District is aware of a threat that is being shared across social media about several schools. Our school officer is investigating and our area will see an increase in law enforcement patrols. Student safety is our top priority.”

Thompson Junior High released the following statement:

“We have been informed of a social media threat regarding our school. BPD has been contacted regarding the threats made, accounts involved and is already looking into this matter. These situations are not taken lightly by the school or authorities and will be investigated thoroughly. Thompson Junior High and P-BVUSD take our students and staff safety seriously and school remains the safest place for students. A police presence may be seen throughout the neighborhood and school site as they continue to investigate this incident. Please do not hesitate to contact the site or BPD with any information you may have regarding this matter.”

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