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San Mateo, CA Police Department
Thursday October 12th, 2017 :: 03:15 p.m. PDT

Advisory

**FINAL MESSAGE** False Threats at San Mateo High School- Campus Deemed Safe

**FINAL UPDATE**
San Mateo Police Officers conducted another safety check of San Mateo High School after the school’s staff was notified of a threat scribbled on a bathroom wall. The campus was cleared and deemed safe. SMPD urges our parents to speak to their children about making false threats and the impact they have on other children, school staff, and police resources.
 
On Thursday, October 12, 2017 at about 12 p.m., San Mateo Police officers responded to San Mateo High School after staff located another anonymous threat scribbled on a bathroom wall. To err on the side of caution, San Mateo High School followed the Big 5 Safety Protocol for “Secure Campus,” which means classroom doors were locked and staff continued with their daily instruction. Per the school administration, the campus was not evacuated. Safety precautions were put into place and the school was ultimately deemed safe following a methodical search by officers.
 
As previous stated, SMHS representatives reported to SMPD that this is the sixth time in just over a week in the District that random scribbled notes of this nature have been made in student bathrooms. San Mateo Union High School District is not alone; school districts throughout our area are experiencing this kind of “copy-cat” threat.
 
SMPD is actively investigating this incident and the identity of the subject who wrote the note.  We urge parents to speak to their children about false threats on school campus, which is a misdemeanor crime. Not only is it a crime, but it also draws from police resources and impacts other children and parents. SMPD and SMHS are working together to find tools to help minimize these types of incidents.
 
Any further inquiries can be directed to SMHS Communications Manager, Sheri Costa (Contact info below)
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***UPDATE*** The campus is clear and deemed safe. Follow up messaging will be out shortly. Thanks
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Today, San Mateo High School Staff found another threat scribbled in the bathroom on campus.  San Mateo Police was notified and immediately responded to the scene.  
 
Per SMHS representatives, this is the sixth time in just over a week in the District that random scribbled notes of this nature have been made in student bathrooms. San Mateo Union High School District is not alone; school districts throughout our area are experiencing this kind of “copy-cat” threat.
 
However, to err on the side of caution, your San Mateo Police Department is fully evaluating the situation and has placed the school on a secure campus status, meaning instruction continues but behind locked doors, while officers conduct a safety check of the campus.
 
Once the campus is cleared and deemed safe, update notifications will be made. Any questions from parents, please don’t hesitate to contact SMUHSD Communications Manager Sheri Costa. Any media inquiries can be directed to Sgt. Amanda Von Glahn.  See information below.
 
 
Sheri Costa
Communications Manager
San Mateo Union High School District
650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 
p: 650.558.2202 
w: www.smuhsd.org e: scosta@smuhsd.org


 
Sgt. Amanda Von Glahn
650-522-7700
avonglahn@cityofsanmateo.org
 
 

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200 Franklin Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94403

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