A hoax that led to lockdowns of students at Northwood High School and a nearby elementary school Thursday is linked to a national trend, Irvine police said Friday.
Irvine police believe the hoax is “linked to others received across the nation,” according to Kim Mohr of the Irvine Police Department.
Irvine police were working with the FBI to track down suspects.
Irvine police were called about 1:40 p.m. Thursday by a “male subject claiming to be a student who locked himself in a bathroom at Northwood, saying he had guns and explosives,” said Irvine police Commander Mike Hallinan.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies investigated a threat Friday to Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, according to sheriff’s officials.
The alleged threat was made through social media and a student was detained, officials said.
Lt. Lane Lagaret, the department’s public information officer, tweeted, “Deputies determined there is no current threat to the students or faculty.”
Efforts to reach Lagaret for further comment were unsuccessful and another department spokeswoman, Jaimee Blashaw, said she did not know anything more about the incident beyond what the department tweeted.
— City News Service
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