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San Diego County Sees Increased Number Of School Shooting Threats After Parkland

A picture of a Lego toy rifle used in a threatening social media post about W...

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Above: A picture of a Lego toy rifle used in a threatening social media post about West Hills High School, Feb. 28, 2018.

San Diego County Sees Increased Number Of School Shooting Threats After Parkland


Summer Stephan, interim San Diego County District Attorney


There have been 19 school shooting threats reported to San Diego County authorities since the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, according to the San Diego District Attorney's Office.

"Some have been specific, they've had a certain date that an event will happen, they've had a certain location, a target, and sometimes they've had a certain person in mind, someone that has upset them, a grievance," said interim San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan.

The latest threat led to an increased law enforcement presence at Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley on Friday. The threat involved an image of a threatening message that was circulating on social media.

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Charges have been filed against those that made the threats in 9 of the 19 school shooting threats, Stephan said.

Since 2014, the office of the San Diego County District Attorney has asked schools and law enforcement authorities to involve it in all school shooting threats so that there is a central clearinghouse of information.

"Since 2014, we investigated about 45 cases other than since February 14. You can see how there is a mass number in such a short amount of time," Stephan said.

Interim District Attorney, Summer Stephan, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the recent threats and how her office is involved in investigating the threats.

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