Shooting threat prompts Escondido school closures

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm •  Published: January 17, 2014

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A social media posting warning that bullets would fly at a charter high school and that the posting's alleged author would commit suicide after opening fire prompted the closure of the school and three sister campuses Friday, an administrator said.

Dennis Snyder, executive director of American Heritage Charter Schools, said he heeded police advice to close all four campuses for the day as a precaution.

"In the world we live in today, we're not going to take any chances," he said.

Police in the north San Diego suburb said the posting warned that the violence would happen at Escondido Charter High School at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Police learned about the posting Thursday afternoon and considered it a credible threat.

Police have not identified any suspects and said no arrests have been made.

Snyder said he couldn't provide the name of the alleged author and didn't know the social media site on which the comment was posted.

Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin, a department spokesman, said the author to which the posting was attributed is connected to the school but is not a student. He refused to confirm the contents of the posting.

The four schools — located within a half-mile of each other — were scheduled to reopen Tuesday for their 1,650 students, including 850 at the high school. They are closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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