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Nine Sheriff's Dept. officers on campus today due to anonymous threat of violence against Fallbrook High


Last updated 2/8/2013 at Noon

Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Montion, left, discusses security at Fallbrook High School with Detective Steven Askhar on Monday morning, February 11.

Nine officers from the San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. are on the campus of Fallbrook High School today (Monday, February 11) due to an anonymous threat of violence made to the school.

Lt. Todd Richardson, commander of the Fallbrook Sheriff's substation said, "The Sheriff's Fallbrook detectives have been working closely with the District Attorney's Office high technology unit and the FBI to identify the origin of the threat. At this point, we have not found any evidence to substantiate the email threat as credible."

"With that said and to provide peace of mind and for the safety and security of the students and staff at Fallbrook High School, the Sheriff's Department is providing an increased presence at the school today (Monday, February 11).

On campus, Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Montion said he had eight other sworn officers patrolling the grounds.

"I have four detectives here today along with four crime suppression deputies," said Montion.

Fallbrook Union High School District superintendent Dale Mitchell said on Friday, February 8 that the school had received an anonymous threat of violence for today.

"The threat was communicated in the form of a posting on a website," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said on Friday that there would be a presence of law enforcement on campus today as a result.

Fallbrook High principal Rod King said this morning that he expects today to be "business as usual" at the school, but did feel there would be an element of absenteeism due to the threat.

"Unfortunately these types of situations are being more and more common," said King, who validated the statement by citing the fact that about 800 students did not attend school on the last day of class before winter break in December due to a similar threat that was running rampant throughout San Diego County at schools.

Prior to the school (late) starting time this morning due to a staff development session, officers were reviewing maps of the school and discussing security in general.

"Our Sheriff's Dept. is really great to work with," said King. "They are very supportive of the students, staff and community."

King reported at 1 p.m. that 430 students did not attend school today.

"Only 21 calls received mentioned the threat as the reason they would not be attending," he said. "On any given day we may have 120 to 300 out."

Editor's Note: Some individuals said they thought an arrest had been made at the school this morning. The Sheriff's Dept. has confirmed that a juvenile was taken into custody, but it did not relate to the threats. The matter involved possession of tobacco and truancy.

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Fallbrook High School receives threat of violence to occur on campus Mon., Feb. 11; Sheriff's Dept. assisting

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Fallbrook High School superintendent Dale Mitchell released a statement this afternoon that the school has received an anonymous threat of violence to occur on Monday, February 11.

"The threat was communicated in the form of a posting on a website," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said the school district has involved the San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. in the investigation.

"In order to support the safety of our students and staff on Monday, February 11, there will be law enforcement presence in addition to the increased visibility of staff."

No further specific information was provided.


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