COALINGA, Calif. (KSEE / KGPE) – Police investigated a possible shooting threat at a college in Coalinga on Wednesday, according to Coalinga Police officials.
Officers were dispatched to Coalinga Middle School regarding possible statements made by a student threatening to shoot at the school.
Upon arrival, police said they made sure all students were dropped off safely while school staff investigated and worked to determine what was actually said and which student made those statements. .
According to officials, due to a lack of information and “based on the facts known” at the time of the incident, the school decided not to quarantine itself, but rather to send a notice to all. parents that they were reviewing the situation.
Authorities say during the investigation, a student was identified and admitted to making statements about the shooting.
Police then checked to see if the student had any weapons and said none had been found. According to officials, the student’s parent has been notified and responded to the school.
Police said the student’s family confirmed to police that they did not have access to any weapons in their home and were also concerned about the student’s behavior.
Authorities then said they had checked the student’s home and found no firearms or weapons.
Coalinga Police officials said that after the investigation was completed, they determined there was no threat to the safety of staff or students and that the student had been returned to his family.
“As a district, we take all threats seriously and are working to resolve this issue as quickly and safely as possible. We have asked the police department to increase patrols around our schools, and district staff are vigilant and visible, ”Lori Villanueva, superintendent of the Coalinga-Huron Unified School District, said in a statement.