REDDING, Calif. - Shasta High School in Redding was on high alert on Sept. 10 after receiving an email about a possible school shooting threat.
The threat came from a website used to send anonymous emails.
In a communication sent out to parents, principal Leo Perez said Shasta High was not mentioned specifically.
But they take every possible threat seriously and reported it to police who concentrated their presence on campus today.
“We knew this was anonymous,” said Redding Police chief Roger Moore. “We knew this quite often ends up in a hoax. But we take it very seriously because we don't want the kids to panic. We certainly don't want the parents to panic. And we want people to know that we will treat this seriously. What we did this morning is we assigned our day shift to head out to the school and just provide that blanket of security for folks as they're dropping off their kids.”
Moore said these kinds of threats have unfortunately become more and more common locally and across the nation.
Perez said the website used to send the anonymous email was also used to try and shut down schools in Los Angeles and New York City.