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El Rancho High School locked down after Twitter threat

PICO RIVERA — An investigation is continuing into a threat on Twitter that caused a lockdown at El Rancho High School here Oct. 22.

A male student at the school was detained in connection with the threat, authorities said. Deputies learned of the threat shortly before 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“A Twitter account, allegedly belonging to a student from El Rancho High School, sent a message out earlier in the morning indicating the student planned to ‘shoot up the school’ with a firearm,” a Sheriff’s Department statement said.

“He also indicated he wanted to bomb the school. Investigators identified the account holder as a student currently enrolled at the school,” the department said.

The school was placed on lockdown, and the student was located on campus, authorities said.

“He was safely detained by Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station deputies without incident,” the department said. “He was not in possession of a weapon at the time of his detention. No students or faculty were injured during this incident. Investigators determined there no longer was a threat to campus safety.”

The suspect’s status was not reported.