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Mysterious Twitter account claims responsibility for local bomb threats at high schools

San Juan High School, Citrus Heights
San Juan High School in Citrus Heights, located at 7551 Greenback Ln. // CH Sentinel

By Mike Hazlip—
Police responded to San Juan High School on Tuesday to investigate a bomb threat, following a similar incident on Monday at another school.

Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Janet Schaefer said officers responded to the high school just before 11 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 13. Police spent about an hour-and-a-half searching the school, but no packages or devices were found, she said.

“We arrived, we conducted a very thorough search, and no packages were located,” Schaefer said. “Nothing suspicious was located.”

In a statement released online, Citrus Heights police said San Juan students were placed on “a precautionary shelter in place out of an abundance of caution due to a suspicious call.”

Tuesday’s incident comes on the heels of a similar threat on Dec. 12 at Del Campo high school, just outside Citrus Heights. A mysterious online Twitter account claimed responsibility for both incidents, but the account was subsequently deleted.

Schaefer said the incident is under investigation and could not confirm if the person or persons behind the account are responsible. The account claimed to be engaged in “swatting,” or the practice of calling in threats to prompt a SWAT team response.

“In these situations, it’s hard to tell who is responsible and who is just participating in social media,” Schaefer said. “That will be a part of any further investigation to see if there is any kind of connection to this poster or any other people.”

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