The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said a number of schools in the Scott Valley and Tulelake districts received an emailed bomb threat. Other schools in California apparently received a similar threat.
According to the sheriff’s office, there is no imminent or credible threat, but they take all threats seriously. Deputies have been dispatched to each school threatened, with security checks for all other schools.
The sheriff’s office said several other school districts in California received a similar email.
According to the Emeryville Police Department, the Emeryville schools, near the Oakland area, also received the emails.
In a news release shortly before noon, Emeryville Police said the threat was a hoax generated out of a dare within an overseas on-line gaming community to see who could generate the most school evacuations in the UK and the USA.
Scott Valley and Tulelake schools were placed on a precautionary lockdown in accordance with school policy.
“Again, we want to reiterate there is NO imminent, credible threat at this time,” SCSO representatives wrote. “However, we take every threat seriously and have dispatched law enforcement personnel to the schools. We are currently investigating this matter, and more information will be provided as it develops.”