Leaders at Desert Sands Unified School District have a message for parents, students, and employees: a threat you might have seen circulating on social media is now being called a hoax.
An investigation into a message of violence seen here in the Coachella Valley found that it was similar to others across the country.
The individual believed to be behind the original threat is now in custody in Texas, according to Safer Schools Together, and has allegedly admitted that it was a "prank."
Message to families: pic.twitter.com/LupNVMWNuT— Desert Sands USD (@DesertSandsUSD) September 15, 2023
A Desert Sands Unified School District spokesperson shared this message with News Channel 3:
Notice to Districts:
Spam Text Message Threat
*This email contains sensitive content that some people may
find harmful or traumatizing.
Safer Schools Together (SST) has been informed and is aware of a text message circulating referencing 'open fire on schools'. The same text message has been circulating and distributed to school districts across North America and Internationally.
It has been confirmed the threat originated in San Antonio, Texas, and is a hoax. The individual who posted the threat has been identified, confirmed the threat was a 'prank', and is currently in custody. More information can be found here.
We continue to see an increase in online threats toward school communities. If you have any concerns, please contact us at email@example.com.Safer Schools Together