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Shooting threat made by student at Tommie Kunst Jr. High not believed credible, officials say

Posted at 9:50 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 12:50:57-04

Extra police and school officials will be on site at Tommie Kunst Junior High in Santa Maria Monday following a reported shooting threat made by a student at the school. 

A spokesperson for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District says they were notified of the verbal threat on Friday and worked with the Santa Maria Police Department over the weekend to investigate.

The investigation reportedly included searching the home of the student who school officials say made the threat.

They say no weapons were found and the threat is not believed to be credible; however, the district says the student has been disciplined. 

Police tell KSBY the 12-year-old boy told them he was kidding and made the threat because he wanted attention. Police initially said the student was a girl.  

Parents were notified Sunday night about the incident via a phone message, according to school officials, who say they are also responding to all emails and calls from parents.

Police say while the last day of school was mentioned in the alleged threat, extra patrols are being done at the school Monday as a precaution.