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Threats of violence at Hayward high school prompt police investigation

HAYWARD — A threat of a shooting at Mt. Eden High School on Friday — the same day a shooting at a high school in Texas left at least 10 students dead — led to the principal sending out a letter advising parents that steps are being taken to keep people safe.
Threatening graffiti found in a school restroom prompted an investigation by the school’s security staff and Hayward police, Principal Greg Fobbs said in a message to parents and others connected with the campus on Panama Street.

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“We understand that these events are unsettling to staff, students, and the entire school community,” Fobbs wrote. “Our priority is to foster a safe learning environment and we will support each other through these challenging situations.”
The threat was the second found in a restroom at Mt. Eden High School this week, according to the principal.
“If a student is found responsible for these threats, we will pursue maximum disciplinary actions, including expulsions,” Fobbs said after the earlier graffiti was found, which also prompted a police investigation. “We will not let the actions of a few affect the educational opportunities for all.”
When exactly the threats were discovered was not immediately available.
Hayward police Sgt. John Racette said investigators, especially the department’s school resource officers, noted that regular threats of violence — usually in the form of graffiti or vandalism — have been made at local campuses since February, when 17 people were shot and killed at a high school in Broward County, Florida.
“They take every one of these repeated incidents seriously,” Racette said about the officers and district staff, adding that the threats “have been fairly consistent.”
Along with the Hayward Unified School District, threats of possible violence on school campuses have been recently reported in San Lorenzo and other neighboring areas, Racette said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hayward police at 510-293-7000.

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