Tehachapi police: School shooting threat appears to be bad joke

Tehachapi police: School shooting threat appears to be bad joke
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TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Police said Tuesday that they investigated a school shooting comment last week that appears only to be an ill-advised joke.

A student at Monroe High School in Tehachapi was overheard talking to a classmate about bringing a gun to school and shooting people. The overheard conversation, reportedly made in a joking manner, was reported to an adult, who in turn reported it to police.

Officers interviewed the student suspected of making the statement. The 16-year-old Bear Valley Springs resident admitted to making the statement as a joke, police said. Police found no guns at the student's home.

Police said the comment likely won't be prosecuted as a criminal threat, but the matter has been handed over to the Tehachapi Unified School District for possible administrative action.

The Tehachapi student's comments come amid heightened attention to the topic of school shootings.

Kern County deputies this week investigated an alleged threat made to students at Lincoln Junior High School in Taft. Just last month, Taft Union High School student Bryan Oliver allegedly shot classmate Bowe Cleveland in a crowded science class.

In December, 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Conn.