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Possible Threat Prompts Extra Security at Point Loma High School

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    Threat Prompts Extra Security at Point Loma High School

    A threat written on a bathroom wall prompted extra security at Point Loma High School. NBC 7's Audra Stafford reports. (Published Friday, June 1, 2018)

    The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is investigating a threatening message written on the wall of a bathroom stall at Point Loma High School.

    PLHS Principal Hans Becker sent a recorded voicemail to parents Friday morning that stated they were aware of the message and were taking extra precautions to ensure students' safety. 

    SDUSD said they will have added additional security on campus Friday due to the "non-specific" threat. 

    "Unfortunately, this is the new normal in our country," said SDUSD spokesperson Isabella McNeil. "Our staff is accustomed to handling these situations, and we encourage all students to be in school today."

    Some parents said the school did not do enough to address this threat and they are concerned about the protocols in place for handling threats. 

    Leigh Annelldge kept her senior and sophomore students home from school after hearing the message from the principal but was angry that the message was sent so far after the threat began circulating on social media. 

    "At 7:10 a.m. kids are already on their way to school, busses are already in route," Annelldge said. 

    "My sophomore at the last shooting, the Texas shooting that just happened, came home afraid and said, 'We have no procedure in place at school. We don’t do drills, we don’t know what to do if there is a shooting,'" she said. 

    She said the school should have canceled classes for the day. 

    Principal Becker said the school follows the recommendations made from campus police, and officers said it was safe to hold regularly scheduled classes Friday. 

    The campus was scheduled to practice a lockdown drill next Wednesday and while some administrators have received emergency protocol training already, the entire staff would be trained in the fall, Becker said. 

    Annelldge also said there was no increased police presence at the school like Becker said there would be. She said the one patrol car parked in front of the school is always there. 

    Becker said SDPD officers and two extra campus police officers were walking through the campus in the morning hours and were making routine stops at the school to check on security.

    SDUSD was also investigating a possible threat that prompted Patrick Henry High School's principal to cancel a spirit rally on Friday. 

    No other information was available.

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