The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the San Bernardino County Probation Department, and the Morongo Basin Unified School District have been investigating several incidents involving students and rumored violence at schools in the Morongo Basin Unified School District. During the last few days several rumors of school violence have circulated via social media networks amongst students and parents in the Morongo Basin.
Only one potential threat has been deemed credible and is actively being investigated by the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station. The threat was posted via a social networking site and included photographs of students at Yucca Valley High School. This case is currently being investigated and there does not appear to be a credible threat to any schools in the district. For precautionary measures, deputies have been conducting additional patrols in and around all schools in the Morongo Basin and will continue to do so. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to assure county residents that any threat of violence will be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and potentially prosecuted to the full extent.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, the Yucca Valley Juvenile Officer, Deputy Cathy Wagner, contacted the 14 year old juvenile responsible for the threat posted on December 20, 2012, via a social networking site. The juvenile was subsequently booked into Juvenile Hall in San Bernardino. A complete report regarding the criminal threats will be forwarded to the Juvenile District Attorney for review. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to assure county residents that any threat of violence at a school will be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and potentially prosecuted to the full extent.