An intense, daylong investigation Thursday found no credible risks to Cabrillo High School from threats posted through social media and other rumors of other social media posts that circulated, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
However, to allay the fears of students and parents and provide increased security, several sheriff’s deputies — including the school resource deputy — will be on the campus of the Lompoc school and patrols of the area will be increased, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
The unspecified threats involved an Instagram direct message post sent between two male high school students almost a month ago, Hoover said.
She did not say why it took a month for the threats to come to light nor how they came to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office.
However, she said a large number of deputies and detectives worked throughout the day and evening Thursday to investigate the alleged threats and, with Cabrillo High School administrators, identify and contact the two students.
Deputies contacted the families of the students at their homes and determined the students did not have access to firearms, Hoover said.
There was no indication Thursday night of what, if any, action would be taken against the two students by law enforcement or school officials.
The Instagram message wasn’t the only potential threat that kept investigators busy Thursday.
With the assistance of Lompoc Unified School District, the Sheriff’s Office also investigated rumors of an alleged Snapchat post and an alleged hit list, neither of which were found to be valid or credible, she said.
Hoover added the Sheriff’s Office takes threats seriously and fully investigates reports of them, and she encouraged community members to report any potential threats to law enforcement right away.