School threats included photo of gun-toting Arroyo Grande student

December 8, 2021


The Lucia Mar Unified School district has disclosed it investigated two separate sets of purported threats on Monday, one of which involved a photo of an Arroyo Grande High School student holding a gun.

First, district officials became aware of messages and images circulating on social media that were concerning, Lucia Mar Superintendent Paul Fawcett said in a statement. Administrators contacted local law enforcement and jointly investigated whether the messages and images presented a credible threat of violence to any of the Lucia Mar campuses.

Law enforcement personnel determined there was no credible threat of violence, and the communications did not originate from within the district and were not directed at Lucia Mar schools.

Later, Lucia Mar officials learned of an image circulating on social media of an Arroyo Grande High School student holding a gun. The image had text stating, “Watch out AGHS he aint playing.”

Investigators determined the student pictured with the firearm did not personally post the photo on social media, nor write the message attached to it. The photo had been taken more than a year ago, and it was not taken for the purpose of threatening anyone, Fawcett said.

Authorities concluded the image did not constitute a threat. District officials are not disclosing additional information about the messages and images that had been circulating on social media.

“The laws protecting the confidentiality of student information do not allow the district to release any further details,” Fawcett stated. “I know this can be frustrating. However, I want to assure parents that Arroyo Grande High School and the district took these incidents very seriously and has and will take all appropriate steps to ensure a safe school environment for all our students. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.”


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It will be very interesting to watch the number of legal precedents the Michigan school shooting incident sets. The whole prosecution of this crime has now entered a different era. And schools are now hyper-vigilant, as they should be.


Schools aren’t particularly hyper-vigilant or proactive, that’s why these horrific and preventable school shootings keep occurring.


If the school in Michigan was proactive and hyper-vigilant they would have made sure to check that student’s backpack and search his person after the alarming Behavior and the incident where he was searching the internet for ammunition surfaced. Proactive is taking action and they did nothing but bring the parents in and talk about it and allowed him to go back to class without being searched.

The student’s parents are definitely responsible for not taking action to try to stop this horrific tragedy from happening but the school is also definitely to blame. They had all the telltale signs that this could very well happen and they too are responsible for not preventing this. The school district is simply using these parents as a scapegoat to remove the blame away from them.

The students parents and the school administrators both had a great deal of responsibility in preventing this from happening and they both failed greatly