School threat in Palm Springs investigated, student cleared

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.

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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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