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Deputies looking for student who wrote threatening message in San Marcos HS bathroom

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Deputies are investigating a graffiti message that threatened a school shooting at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara. 

The threatening message was written with a marker in a bathroom stall in the girl’s locker room. It reportedly threatened a school shooting on March 9.

As of Thursday afternoon, it is unknown who wrote it or if the threat is credible.

“It was just scary knowing that that is going on at our school and people are still using what’s going on lately as a way of messing with people,” said Riggs Johnson, a senior at San Marcos High. 

“It’s kind of, like, scary cause you just don’t know what is going to happen. You just don’t know if someone is going to go there or not and do something. You just never know,” added student Amin Azam. 

The graffiti was reported Wednesday through an anonymous app called STOPit. 

Once administrators found out about the threat, they called the sheriff's office, which began an investigation to find out who is responsible for the graffiti. 

“If we narrow it down to a smaller group of kids, then we can see if any of them have instruments to spray paint or marker with but you are talking three periods and several classes per period accessing that area and so you are talking hundreds of people that can be in there during that time,” said Senior Deputy Jarom Kemp, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. 

School officials say while the remark could be a joke or something a student did to get attention, they are not taking the threat lightly and have asked for extra deputies to patrol the campus. 

“We understand that parents and students can feel anxious, so what we have done is we have provided updates to families so that they know the action steps we have taken. We have also increased our mental health support services so there are trusted adults on campus that students can go to,” said Lauren Bianchi Klemann, Santa Barbara Unified School District spokesperson. 

Classes are expected to continue as normal Friday but deputies say they will increase patrols in and around the campus just like they did Thursday while working to determine if the threat is credible.

If the student who wrote the message on the bathroom stall is found, he or she could be facing charges of vandalism and criminal threat. 

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