Social Media Rumors and Consequences

Dear CUSD Families, Teachers, and Classified Staff,

On the evening of Saturday, March 2, 2024, a CUSD student was perusing their social media channels when they noticed a bomb threat posted online.

The student took a screenshot of the threat and uploaded the photo to Say Something, our anonymous tip reporting program.

By late Saturday night, our partners at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were tracking down the source of the threat, screenshot, by screenshot, by screenshot. Through diligent and dedicated investigation, the Sheriff’s Department School Mobile Assessment Resource Team, was able to identify a suspect and make contact with the individual.

Through the investigation, it was determined the individual lacked the ability to carry out the threat and was subsequently arrested and booked into juvenile hall.

We want to commend our partners and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their incredible work — not just on this particular incident, but each and every day they work in our schools and in our communities.

We also want to make sure that parents and guardians talk to their children about the potential consequences of their actions. A threat made as a joke – whether online or in person – is no laughing matter. Individuals who make or post threats verbally or online, could face serious charges and consequences, including incarceration in county jail or state prison.

We are thankful, as always, for the students who saw the threat and reported it through Say Something. This is a great example of our students, families, and community partners working in collaboration to support the safety of our schools.

Anonymous tips can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week here.



Dr. Chris Brown

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