Police Thursday continued to investigate reports of a student with a knife on the campus of Desert Hot Springs High School, a day after a potential threat was first reported.
Desert Hot Springs Police Department officers were dispatched to the school on Wednesday following the initial report, police said Thursday.
In a call to parents on Thursday, Desert Hot Springs High Principal Caroline Cato said that the student in question was not on campus Thursday and that the school was assisting police in the investigation, the Desert Sun reported, adding that Palm Springs Unified School District officials informed parents that school administrators apprehended the student and confiscated the knife the day of the report.
A police statement said investigators were still looking into the matter to evaluate whether a threat was still present. It also said that gang activity was occurring on campus, but police did not elaborate.
Videos of the alleged incident made their way onto social media, along with rumors concerning the possibility of additional threats, police said.
“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.” Palm Springs Unified School District Spokesperson Joan Boiko said in a public statement Thursday. ”District and school administrators and security staff are cooperating with law enforcement officials as they conduct their follow up investigations. Extra security and police presence are in force as an added precaution.”
In response to the threat investigation, Police Chief Jim Henson stressed the importance of school resource officers returning to campus. They have not been in place in the Palm Springs Unified School District since the school year began, as contract negotiations continue between several police agencies and the PSUSD regarding the on-campus officers.