School districts throughout the country are grappling with how to respond to threats made on Tik Tok regarding violence at schools today, Dec. 17. Some have closed; others have chosen to increase a law enforcement presence.
Plumas Unified School District Superintendent Terry Oestreich has worked closely with Sheriff Todd Johns, District Attorney David Hollister and CHP Lt. Commander Chris Parent to address the situation. Classes are scheduled to be held as normal, but with law enforcement at each campus in the county today.
This morning the school district sent the following letter to parents:
Wednesday afternoon we were informed of videos posted on TikTok threatening nationwide school shootings today. With assistance from Sheriff Johns and District Attorney Hollister we believe there was no actionable threat that included details or locations. We felt that highlighting this generic global threat locally may be counterproductive as it may bring attention at a local level where there was no prior concern.
Last evening, there was a possible threat reported at Portola JSHS. District Attorney Hollister and Sheriff Johns were contacted, and working with their staff, immediately began the investigation. Late last night we received updates and this early this morning we were assured that there is no credible evidence of a threat.
Our District Attorney and Sheriff Johns have committed to providing resources today by having a deputy stop by each school site for a friendly visit at drop off and pick up locations just to show a presence. District Attorney Hollister is also working with CHP as well as staff from his office.
Please know we are taking this threat shared on social media seriously and if you see or hear anything, please report to law enforcement or Sheriff immediately!
Be safe and aware of your surroundings. As always, if you see something, say something.