School threat in Palm Springs investigated, student cleared

School threat in Palm Springs investigated, student cleared

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December 18, 2021

Authorities Friday investigated a potential school shooting threat made in Palm Springs and said they discovered no danger.

The Palm Springs Police Department alerted the public on social media that a local student reposted a threat on TikTok, which depicted the student with an air-soft rifle.

Authorities investigated the student’s home where they located the air-soft rifle but found there to be no crime committed and no known immediate threat to the school, officials said.

The school in question was not named besides being in the Palm Springs Unified School District.

PSUSD spokeswoman Joan Boiko said the investigation was conducted due to a heightened level of concern, as police departments and school districts nationwide were dealing with a series of threats of violent attacks at school campuses Friday circulated on TikTok.

Most law enforcement agencies indicated that they did not find the posts credible.

On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy was arrested at his home in the 100 block of North Buena Vista Avenue in Corona by school resource officers assigned to area high schools after a student at Auburndale Intermediate School reported receiving a threat on social media regarding a possible attack at the school Thursday.

Cpl. Tobias Kouroubacalis, a spokesman for the Corona Police Department, said the boy’s parents were cooperative and no weapons were found at the home. The teen was taken to the Riverside County Juvenile Hall.

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