Authorities investigate threatening graffiti at Mayfair High School in Lakewood

Authorities are investigating after threatening messages were found scrawled in a Mayfair High School bathroom Tuesday afternoon.

The messages said in part, “Ima bring a gun” and “Friday be prepared,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and pictures of the graffiti posted on social media.

One of the threatening messages found at Mayfair High School on Oct. 8, 2019. Facebook.

One of the threatening messages found at Mayfair High School on Oct. 8, 2019. Facebook.

“It’s actively being investigated, but there’s nothing that’s specific and credible,” Lakewood Station Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Badali said.

The Lakewood campus notified sheriff’s officials about the messages around the end of the school day Tuesday, according to Badali. He said investigators are trying to narrow down who could have written the messages but they haven’t been able to so far.

He said the writing was found in a girls restroom at the campus.

One of the threatening messages found at Mayfair High School on Oct. 8, 2019. Facebook.

One of the threatening messages found at Mayfair High School on Oct. 8, 2019. Facebook.

The district notified parents about the situation and is working with law enforcement to make sure everyone is kept safe, according to the superintendents office at the Bellflower Unified School District.

Badali said authorities will sometimes see vague threats like this during busy or stressful times on campus.

“I don’t know if Friday is finals or exams or something,” he 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, Paul and Simon.
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