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Shooting threat against Lompoc Middle School ‘not credible,’ police say

Posted at 2:44 PM, Jan 17, 2019

UPDATE (2:44 p.m.) – The Lompoc Unified School District says a shooting threat against Lompoc Middle School was nothing more than a rumor spread on social media.

The district says a small group of students started the rumor Wednesday and said there was going to be a violent act carried out Thursday at the school.

The rumor went viral on Snapchat Wednesday night.

Lompoc Unified School District and the Lompoc Police Department looked into it and announced Thursday afternoon that their investigation was complete.

They say it was never anything more than a rumor, and there was never a real threat to the school.

“It was never a credible threat. No student or staff member, at any time, was ever in danger. It was a rumor from start to finish,” the district said in a press release.

The district says the appropriate actions were taken with the students who started and spread the rumor.


ORIGINAL STORY (9:07 a.m.) – A reported social media threat about a shooting at Lompoc Middle School Thursday does not appear to be credible, according to Lompoc Police.

Sergeant Kevin Martin says they were first made aware Wednesday night of the “generic” Snapchat post saying there was possibly going to be a shooting at the school, located on the 200 block of S. N Street, Thursday.

Martin says officers worked to identify everyone they could through the post and says the threat does not appear credible.

Officers remained on campus as of 9 a.m. Thursday, but Martin says the school was not locked down and the situation seems to be “settling down.”

The incident created a lot of concern amongst students and parents.

The investigation is ongoing.

Calls to the Lompoc Unified School District have not been returned.