4 schools cancel classes due to threat

4 schools cancel classes due to threat


[trib_ndn vid=25532543]ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Four Escondido charter schools canceled all classes Friday as a precaution in response to an online threat about a planned shooting at one of the campuses.

American Heritage Charter High SchoolAdministrators at the American Heritage schools — Heritage K-8 Charter, Escondido Charter High School, Heritage Digital Academy Middle School and Heritage Digital Academy High School — announced the single-day shutdowns on their joint website, saying they wanted “students and staff to be safe.”

Dennis Snyder, executive director of the schools, described the threat to reporters.

“(Staffers) saw posted that … at 10:30 (a.m.) `Escondido Charter High School is going to be shot up; `I’m going to kill myself,’ or `commit suicide,’ along those lines, (and) `You’ll see me on the news,”’ Snyder said.

On Thursday afternoon, several callers alerted police to the menacing statements, which were posted on a social-media website, Lt. Neal Griffin said. Investigators notified the schools and…

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