The student responsible for writing graffiti that threatened mass violence at Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon has been identified, according to San Ramon Valley Unified School District officials.
The threat was discovered in a girls bathroom on Monday morning and read “school shooting Fri 13th,” the fourth such threat made against SRVUSD schools in the past month.
While the culprit has been identified by authorities, district officials say they still plan on having an increased police presence on campus in order to reassure staff and students of their safety. They are not releasing the student's name to the public due to their age.
“We know that people are looking for closure on this, however, in an effort to minimize gossip and rumors, we respectfully ask that you refrain from speculation about this situation,” SRVUSD officials said in a statement. “What we can tell you is that the school district follows Education Code when dealing with disciplinary issues and that there are serious consequences for individuals involved in threats to schools.”
This marks the fourth threat against a SRVUSD school in the past month; none have resulted in violence. A threat was made against Coyote Creek Elementary in the beginning of December that never transpired, and two graffiti threats directed against Iron Horse Middle School were found in November.
“The SRVUSD has and will continue to take every threat very seriously,” communications specialist Denise Jennison told DanvilleSanRamon.com. “We dedicate an enormous amount of staff time and resources to these incidents. They cause great angst within our community for staff, parents and our students and are extraordinarily disruptive to student learning and our school day.”
Jennison added that while there is no one prescribed punishment for students who make such threats, there are consequences involved that are judged from situation to situation.
“However, we follow California Education Code guidelines and take each situation as seriously as we can,” she added.
Anyone with information related to the threat against Windemere Ranch, or any other threat, is encouraged to contact the San Ramon Police Department at 973-2500. Each SRVUSD school is also equipped with an online anonymous tip line where information can be dropped.