No Credible Threat Behind Ominous Homecoming Shooting Tweet, Officials Say

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY—

An ominous Tweet sent out by a Sheldon High School student sent investigators in overdrive, school and law enforcement officials say.

Parents were notified by email Saturday evening about an investigation into a Tweet. A student wrote that he wasn’t going to go to the homecoming dance because his cousin told him he was going to shoot up the school.

Authorities stressed that an immediate investigation by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department into the matter was launched – and that the result of the investigation found no credible evidence of an eminent threat.

The dance went on as planned.

Elk Grove Unified School District officials told FOX40 that the Tweet was traced back to the student who wrote it. The student was contacted by law enforcement and reportedly admitted to writing the Tweet because he thought it would be “funny.”

District officials note that sheriff’s deputies were present at the dance, per standard procedure.

Sheldon High’s principal will be addressing parents about the incident Monday morning.

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