The Tehachapi Police Department is seeking the public's assistance identifying an individual who made threats against Tehachapi High School via a number of writings discovered at various locations on the campus Thursday, Oct. 12.
The writings expressed intent to “shoot up the school," according to a news release issued by Police Chief Kent Kroeger on Friday.
The writings did not contain specific information as to when this threat was intended to be carried out, nor did the writings contain any information regarding a possible motive, Kroeger said in the news release.
Each of the writings were identical and appeared to have been produced by the same person, the news release said.
"The Tehachapi Police Department has received several tips from members of the public, and will thoroughly investigate each of these potential leads," the TPD news release said. "While there is currently no information or evidence to deem this a credible threat, all threats of this nature are considered extremely serious and all necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of students and staff."
TPD, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, Kern County Sheriff's Office and Kern County Probation Department, will increase its presence at local campuses.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the TPD at 822-2222.
Messages seeking additional information as to what the messages contained and exactly where they were found were not immediately returned Friday afternoon by Kroeger or Tehachapi Unified School District Superintendent Susan Andreas-Bervel.