Nevada Union High School to tighten security after threat |

Nevada Union High School to tighten security after threat

Nevada Union High School is taking extra safety precautions on campus after an anonymous threat was scrawled on a campus bathroom wall.

The message, which was written on a wall in the boys’ bathroom in the school’s S-wing, was “basically a threat to do harm to individuals at the school during finals week,” which begins on Monday, said Principal Dan Frisella.

School staff was alerted to the message early last week and immediately contacted local law enforcement, Frisella said. The school has been reviewing security camera footage and working with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office to track down the threat’s author and determine its credibility, Frisella said.

A similar threat appeared in the same bathroom in advance of the school’s winter finals week in December 2014; the school was unable to determine who wrote that threat, but there were no unusual incidents during that finals period, he said.

Still, “if someone threatens to do some random acts of violence on campus, that’s something that needs to be taken seriously,” Frisella said.

He said the school plans to have additional law enforcement presence on campus next week as a precaution. The school expects to send information about campus safety measures home to parents early next week.

“We definitely keep the safety of our students and our staff our number one priority, and we’re going to take all steps possible to ensure their safety,” Frisella said.

Nevada Joint Union High School District Superintendent Louise Johnson said the district is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the threat.

Anyone with information can call 1-800-78CRIME or the sheriff’s office at 530-265-1471.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Stephen Tripp said the sheriff’s office takes all threats seriously, and said the office “will look into all leads that are given to us.”

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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