DANVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) - School officials confirm they found threatening graffiti in the girls' bathroom at Diablo Vista Middle School on Monday.
Due to the nature of the threat, Danville police will "significantly" increase their presence on campus Tuesday as a precautionary measure. The message simply read: "shooting tomorrow my brother said 5/21/19", according to school officials who did not characterize or give further detail on how the message appeared.
Officials said they became aware of the situation at around 2:20 p.m.
Parents and guardians of the students were quickly notified. Principal Rebecca Ingram wrote the following in a letter:
"We share these investigations with you to keep you informed. Know that we are taking this very seriously and will keep you updated. We recognize that these situations are unsettling and we want you to know that the safety of students and staff is our highest priority. We are grateful that once again a student did the right thing and upon finding the graffiti, immediately contacted a staff member."
School staff and law enforcement were aware of copycat incidents being a reality, but had no immediate way of determining the threat's legitimacy.
Ingram included that she is understanding of families who will be keeping their students home on Tuesday.
Anyone with any information that may help the investigation should contact (925) 803-3210. Also, information can be reported anonymously through the San Ramon Valley Unified School District's online Anonymous Tipline.