Graffiti scrawled on concrete outside Nogales High School in La Puente that threatens a school shooting next week has prompted an increased law enforcement presence on campus, officials said Thursday.
The message, written in red ink, directs an expletive toward “everyone that call me ugly I will shoot up the school” and includes Monday’s date and “4 period.”
School officials immediately contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after the graffiti was discovered Tuesday. Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the source of the threat, said Gina Ward, a Rowland Unified School District spokeswoman.
In addition to the campus’ school resource officer, additional deputies will be present on campus through at least Monday. School administrators also called and emailed parents Wednesday morning to let them know what had been found.
“The safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority,” Ward said. “We are reminding our families that if they see something, say something. We thank our school community for being alert and contacting us or law enforcement when something of concern is found.”
Other Los Angeles County schools have also grappled with recent shooting threats.
A letter discovered in a building at Cal State Northridge that threatened a mass shooting Wednesday prompted school officials to ramp up police presence this week and provide off-campus alternatives for final exams.