A few threats made by a Pioneer Valley High School student via social media this week were determined to be a hoax by the Santa Maria Police Department and campus officials, a school district spokesman said.
Pioneer Valley officials contacted police earlier this week after learning a couple of students in a class viewed a video that showed a gun in a backpack, said Kenny Klein, public information officer for Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
As a precautionary measure, police searched the area, but no weapon was found and the school was not locked down, Klein said.
But during the investigation, police and school officials connected the social media platform to a specific student, subsequently determining the gun was a fake and the videos were apparently taken at a home, not on campus.
Klein said the student was removed from school and will face disciplinary action from the district, and while the staff has been informed and parents and guardians will be notified, no additional information will be released due to confidentiality laws.
“The SMJUHSD would like to remind everyone that irresponsible use of social media can result in serious consequences for the responsible party,’’ Klein said. “This kind of activity will not be tolerated. We ask parents to please discuss the responsible use of social media [with their children].’’