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Threatening Facebook post closes Scotts Valley High

Modified: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013




SCOTTS VALLEY — Students at Scotts Valley High had the day off Friday after an anonymous Facebook message threatened violence at the school, the Scotts Valley Police Department reported Friday.

The message, which stated, “If you go to school tomorrow you will die,” was reported to the police by a Scotts Valley High student.

Officers contacted school officials, who decided to cancel classes for the day.

Freshman Genevieve Imboden, 15, said she didn’t know about the closure until she drove up to the campus and encountered police cars.

“I’m in disbelief,” she said. “I don’t believe that people would do this in Scotts Valley. We’re such a close school.”

Genevieve said that about 800 students attend the school.

A Nixle police alert told parents and residents about the closure.

“A threat was made against the students of Scotts Valley High School via a social media network, Facebook,” the message stated. “Although the validity of this threat is still uncertain, as a safety precaution Scotts Valley High School is canceling all classes for the day.”

Scotts Valley Police Lt. John Wilson said the matter was still under investigation late Friday morning, with detectives looking closely at the origin of the post.

“Anyone can anonymously post on there,” he said. “The question is whether they left a digital fingerprint we can trace,” he said.

Investigators are looking into the origin of the message. Anyone with information is asked to call the Scotts Valley Police Department at 440-5670.



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