Arroyo Grande police go to high school campus in light of threat made to student

A normal day occurs, police commander says

clambert@thetribunenews.comMarch 7, 2013 

Arroyo Grande High School


Several Arroyo Grande police officers were on the Arroyo Grande High School campus Thursday to ensure student safety after an apparent threat against a girl student was made last week by a boy student.

“Everything seems to be under control,” Arroyo Grande police Cmdr. Kevin McBride said early Thursday afternoon.

Police received several calls from worried parents, he said. Lucia Mar district spokeswoman Amy Jacobs said the school had a higher number of absences, but didn’t have an exact number.

McBride reiterated that the incident was being investigated as a noncriminal matter because no specific threat was made. No arrests were made, and police were leaving discipline up to the school. The student was suspended after the incident.

Police got involved after staff at the high school learned of the alleged threat. According to McBride, the boy and a girl student were conversing on Facebook on Feb. 28 when the boy told the girl not to come to school on March 7 because something was going to happen.

“There was no specific threat, no mention of any weapons,” McBride said Wednesday.

The girl alerted school staff, who did a thorough assessment of the incident and notified Arroyo Grande police.

According to a statement released by the Lucia Mar Unified School District on Wednesday, “Appropriate precautions have been taken and students and parents can be assured that the campus is a safe environment.”

More than 2,000 students attend Arroyo Grande High, located at Fair Oaks Avenue and Valley Road.

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