A high-school student threatened to commit a ‘massacre’ at a public school in San Francisco on Wednesday after he was bullied on campus, according to parents, police and the school district.
The 16-year-old student at Raoul Wallenberg High School posted pictures of guns on social media alongside a comment that he wanted there to be a “Wallenberg massacre,” Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin said at the Police Commission Wednesday night.
Four girls reportedly beat up the student Tuesday, the day before he made the threat, Chaplin said. He was taken into custody Wednesday evening and school is back in session Thursday, according to an announcement from the school.
Christina Martinez, the parent of a student at the school in the Anza Vista neighborhood, said her son witnessed the bullying.
“My child told me he had seen the child that made the threat be bullied the day before and that he had gotten very angry,” Martinez wrote in an email.
The principal was alerted to the threat Wednesday morning after a parent found the social media post the night before, a school announcement said.
“I immediately alerted the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and we placed the school on lockout, which means no one can enter or exit from the school without first going through security,” Wallenberg Principal Cheryl Anne Foster wrote in an email to the school community.
Stephanie LeBeau, PTSA Parliamentarian and parent at Wallenberg, wrote in an email sent to the school community that it seemed a student “posted something on Instagram about bringing a gun to school about some disagreement he had with some other students.”
“It’s unfortunate that things like this happen but at least the school and district are taking this seriously and being proactive,” she said.
Martinez, whose son saw the bullying, said she was “very concerned” about sending her son to school Thursday.
“I did send him to school today but am ready to go get him at any given moment,” she said.
Heidi Anderson, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Unified School District, said in an email that the school was placed on lockout Wednesday as a precaution.
“As always, the safety of students and staff is our top priority,” she said.