Police increase presence at Diamond View Middle School after social media threat

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the account used to make a threat to Diamond View Middle School, police announced Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 11:26 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2020 4:35 PM

UPDATE: 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 - Authorities have identified the account used to make a threat to Diamond View Middle School, police announced Tuesday afternoon.

Police added that they now believe this was a hoax by an anonymous Instagram account user. They are still working to identify the person/people responsible for the message.

Susanville Police Department said in part, "I assure you our first priority is to protect our students and staff at Diamond View School."

Action News Now reached out to Superintendent of Susanville School District, Jason Waddell. 

"To be safe we had local police presence at their school and in the neighborhood," Waddell said. The superintendent also added that the attendance rate was lower than normal on Tuesday.

The school was missing around 35% to 40%, they normally would miss about 10% of students.

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SUSANVILLE, Calif. – Officials at Diamond View Middle School said they received a threat on social media and police have increased their presence on the campus this Tuesday.

The threat via an anonymous Instagram user indicated that a person would come to the middle school on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and harm people that day, according to police.

The Susanville Police Department said they have been working with Instagram and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to learn who the account holder is.

Due to the threat, police presence is increased at the school. Lassen County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol are assisting the Susanville Police Department.

The investigation is still ongoing and police have announced they will share more information as it becomes available.

Diamond View Middle School sent a letter to parents and also posted via Facebook that they are aware of this issue. Saying in part, “While there may be no credibility to the threat, we want to be transparent with the information we have. The safety and security of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will keep you informed as we become privy to new information.”

This is a developing story, stay with Action News Now for updates.

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