Posted: Apr 20, 2011 6:46 PM by Ariel Wesler
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 6:46 PM
Parents and students are on high alert tonight. Local teenagers have been the target of some threatening phone calls. The threats were made to students at Arroyo Grande High School. Police say the threats are not specific to any gender or race.
We received a call today from a parent concerned about a threat her son received on his cell phone. She says the voice on the other end said 'I'm going to slit your throat.'"
The first incident happened last week. Police say at least six students, both men and women, at Arroyo Grande High school have received death threats against them. Officers say it appears the victims' phone numbers may have been taken from social networking sites like Facebook.
Based on the information, officers believe more than one person is making those phone calls, but they have not been able to track an exact source of the calls.
"I think it's a terrible thing, especially when you're dealing with kids essentially. I think it's an awful thing to threaten them with any kind of violence," said Mandie Fletcher, a parent at Arroyo Grande High School.
"It is an alarming thing and so we're worried about it and we're doing everything we can to help the police and hopefully catch who's ever been doing it," said Arroyo Grande High School Principal Ryan Pinkerton.
Police say similar incidents have been reported in other parts of the country in the last two weeks.
So far, the school has not notified parents about the threats. The Arroyo Grande Police Department reminds everyone to be cautious about what personal information you post online.
Anyone with more information on these threats should contact the Arroyo Grande Police Department.
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