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Note Found in Bathroom Prompts Rancho Bernardo High School to Go on Lockdown

A note found in the bathroom at Rancho Bernardo High School prompted a lockdown Thursday, Poway Unified School District officials said.

The note stated a boy was going to come to the school and start shooting, police said.

“He was going to shoot up the school at 1:10,” said San Diego Police (SDPD) Capt. Stephanie Rose.

Students saw the note in the bathroom, took pictures of it and didn’t tell school administrators until someone finally said something, Rose said.

SDPD officers were called to the campus on Paseo Lucido just after 12 p.m. The lockdown was ordered out of an abundance of caution, officials said.

After the lockdown was lifted at 2 p.m., SDPD officials announced three students were detained regarding other threats uncovered in the investigation.

Three 18-year-old Rancho Bernardo HS students were off campus Wednesday when one of them posted a photo to Snapchat showing them with an air soft pistol, police said.

The photo included a message that included a threat, Rose said.

“'Tomorrow it’s done' or something like that,” she said.

Two of those students were in custody--one was not, Rose said.

After the bathroom note was discovered Thursday, a 16-year-old male student messaged a 15-year-old female student and told her he hoped she would be the one shot today, according to the SDPD.

That juvenile was arrested on campus and will face charges of making terrorist threats and annoying or molesting a minor.

There were no weapons found on campus, Rose said. No one was injured.

Bernardo Heights Middle School next to the high school was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.

No other information was available.

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