HUMBOLT COUNTY – On December 5, 2023, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received numerous telephone calls throughout the school day regarding separate threatening reports. The different reports included:
- a male subject on campus with a gun,
- a male subject who placed a bomb in the back parking lot,
- and a male subject who was going to start shooting.
The high school went on lockdown following each report and remained in lockdown while law enforcement conducted a protective sweep and subsequent investigation. Deputies searched the school but were unable to locate anyone or anything suspicious. It was determined the school was safe and the school came out of lockdown after each report. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office expressed its appreciation to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for its assistance in their response.
The reports of threats on December 5th follow similar calls indicating an active threat to McKinleyville High School that were received by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 29th. Each call initiated a quick and complete law enforcement response with a thorough canvassing of the premises, internally and externally concluding there was not an active threat.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the source of the threat(s) and working closely with the FBI to bring safe resolution to the reported incidents.