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Calm day at Diablo Vista amid threat; most parents keep kids home from school

SRVUSD: Estimated 36% of students attend school after threatening graffiti

Danville police were seen to have an increased presence at Diablo Vista Middle School on Tuesday in response to a threat of mass violence against the school, and while the threat itself never transpired, the majority of parents decided to play it safe and according to school district staff only 36% of students are estimated to have attended class on the day.

The graffiti message was discovered in a girls’ bathroom at Diablo Vista on Monday afternoon, and according to principal Rebecca Ingram, read: “shooting tomorrow my brother said 5/21/19.”

“We share these investigations with you to keep you informed. Know that we are taking this very seriously and will keep you updated. We recognize that these situations are unsettling and we want you to know that the safety of students and staff is our highest priority. We are grateful that once again a student did the right thing and upon finding the graffiti, immediately contacted a staff member,” Ingram said in a letter to parents and community members.

This marks the fifth threat of violence against San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools in the past month, the other four threats were directed against California High School in San Ramon, although those threats also did not transpire.

The most recent threat against Cal High read "School shooting, Thursday 5/27,” although May 27 is actually a Monday, with school not scheduled to be in session because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Through every threat police, school and district officials have praised students who have come forward with information relating to the graffiti, with information leading to the identification of a group of students responsible for at least one of the threats against Cal High.

Anyone with information related to the threat against Diablo Vista, or any other threat, is encouraged to contact Ingram at 803-3210. Each SRVUSD school is also equipped with an online anonymous tip line where information can be dropped.

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