Authorities investigate veiled threat to Lakewood High, decide it’s not credible

A sheriff’s official said deputies were investigating Thursday morning after a vague threat referencing Lakewood High School was posted on social media, but the school was operating normally.

The school sent out a message to families around 7:25 a.m. saying it was safe to come to campus, Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. John Finney said he didn’t know exactly what the social media post said, but, “I know it was a pretty veiled threat—not specific.”

A screenshot, which was apparently from Snapchat but being passed around Facebook Thursday morning, referenced Lakewood High and warned people not to go to school.

It also included a list of first names and said, “If I don’t seem happy to be there or never smile it’s probably the [expletives] in the school.”

After looking into it, law enforcement decided the threat wasn’t credible, Eftychiou said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.