A student who posted a threatening message inside a San Diego-area school did it as a joke, the principal told parents in an email Thursday.
The threat was written on a wall at Patrick Henry High School before 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Principal Listy Gillingham told parents it was “a threatening, ugly message” written near the school’s racquetball courts.
“It stated, ‘I’m going to shoot up the school on 5/12/17 F… PHHS,’ Gillingham said in an email sent to parents on Thursday.
School officials shared a photo of the threat with San Diego police. Detectives found the student who wrote the message and determined there was no viable threat to faculty or students.
“The student is very remorseful and did it as a joke, they were not angry at the school in any way,” Gillingham wrote. “The student realized later in the day that they made a serious mistake, but was too afraid to come forward.”
The school will be open to students Friday.