MOJAVE – A threat of violence on Wednesday put Mojave Junior Senior High School on a modified lockdown. Officials were investigating rumors that ultimately resulted in the arrest of student off campus.
“Unfortunately these things are becoming more and more routine,” said Mojave Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Aaron Haughton said Thursday. “It’s common for us to have a lot of social media chatter that spills over into the school. These are far more serious when there is a threat of violence and we take it very seriously and very literally.”
Kern County Sheriff’s deputies investigated and arrested a student off school grounds, according to Haughton.
“The sheriff’s department was very engaged and proactive, they resolved this very quickly,” he said. “As we kind of rank the levels of threat, this was concerned a lower level but still requiring a responsiveness. It was off campus and was being dealt with at that level and no immediate threat to campus, but it was certainly taken very seriously.”
The modified lockdown is a precautionary measure, in which movement is limited and students are escorted on campus.
Social media posts at the time of the modified lockdown indicated some parents were pulling their children out of school and taking them home for the day. The modified lockdown was lifted by early afternoon and classes resumed as normal.
Haughton said the district treats all such threats seriously and they are classified as criminal acts which will be prosecuted.
Kern County Sheriff’s officials were not immediately available for comment.