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January 25, 2022

Greenfield High School cancels classes Friday amid social media threats

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has canceled classes Friday after additional threats of violence were made overnight, school officials announced.

“There were additional threats made last night against Greenfield High School,” said Jordan Mulder, superintendent of South Monterey County Joint Union High School District, in a statement posted on social media Friday morning. “The police are investigating the credibility and have enough information to warrant more caution. Classes will be canceled today to make sure our students and staff are safe.”

The cancellation comes after police said a threat of violence toward “GHS” on social media earlier this week was directed toward a school in Los Angeles, not Greenfield, Gonzales or even Gilroy.

During the evening of Dec. 15, local police departments were notified of a threat circulating on TikTok and other social media platforms that stated a shooting would occur on Dec. 17 at “GHS.”

According to the Greenfield Police Department, investigators determined that the threat originated in the Los Angeles area, directed at Gardena High School. 

Greenfield officers spoke with the Los Angeles School Police Department, and were informed that LA School Police received the threat message three days ago. They concluded their investigation after their agency served a warrant at the home of a Gardena High School student, according to police.

Gonzales High School issued a safety advisory yesterday, but stated the local police “determined that there are no credible threats directed at any of our GUSD schools.”

“Our School Administrators work closely with law enforcement to investigate any incident that may impact the education environment,” said Yvette M. Irving, superintendent of Gonzales Unified School District, in the Dec. 16 advisory. “The physical and social emotional safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Posts such as these create stress and anxiety in all of us.”

Irving continued, “Please take this opportunity to speak to your children about using social media platforms responsibly, reinforcing that not everything that is posted is true and that it is important that they bring items that make them uncomfortable to the attention of an adult. As always, if any student, parent/guardian, staff member or community member sees or hears something suspicious, please report it to your school’s administrator.”

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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