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The following article was posted on April 10th, 2018, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 19, Issue 6 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 19, Issue 6

FBI investigates hoax threat to schools across county and state

By KASEY BUBNASH

Schools across Santa Barbara County and California received a threatening email on April 9, spurring an FBI investigation into the hoax and its origin.

Lompoc Unified School District received the email and reported it to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at about 9:30 a.m., according to Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover. The message, Hoover said, stated that a person who had been bullied at the school planned to get revenge.

Shortly after the first report, Hoover said law enforcement officials learned that school districts in Buellton and Montecito had also received the same threat that morning. Hoover said the Sheriff's Office soon discovered that the email had been sent to schools all over the state.

Hoover said at least one school in Montecito, Cold Spring Elementary, was placed on lockdown during the brief local investigation.

"We've had a lot of these social media threats that take awhile to figure out," Hoover told the Sun, "but this one came in and was very soon after discovered to be a hoax."

The mass email threat and others like it in the nation launched an FBI investigation, Hoover said.

"The FBI is aware of and investigating threats being made to schools across the country," Laura Eimiller of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office said in a statement to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. "The FBI takes all threats seriously and is coordinating with local law enforcement and the affected school districts."




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