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Police say two 14-year-olds behind email threat to Davis schools

Davis Senior High School and Holmes Junior High School are reopening after being closed Thursday morning due to an email threat.

DAVIS, Calif. — Two schools in Davis are reopening Thursday morning after an email threat caused the district to close the campuses late Wednesday night.

Two 14-year-olds from Davis who attend junior high schools in the area were detained by police Thursday. Police say there is no longer a threat to the campus, and students at both Davis Senior High School and Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School can return to school at 10:15 a.m.

Two schools in Davis were closed at the start of the school day Thursday after staff at the Davis Joint Unified School District got a threatening email Wednesday evening.

The email was "threatening to cause harm" at Davis Senior High School and Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School at 9 a.m., according to the district. Students at both schools stayed home until the district, which is working with the Davis Police Department, deemed it safe to return to campus.

"The safety of our students and staff is our first priority, and we take all threats to our school community very seriously," the district said in an email to parents.

The district said other schools in the Davis Joint Unified School District are set to stay open Thursday because there are no threats to other schools.

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About a week ago, on Sept. 14, parents in the Davis Joint Unified School District received an email about false active shooter claims on school campuses. The Davis Police Department said if there is a threat, the campus will go into lockdown, and police will search and clear the school.

During the 2021-2022 school year, several school districts in the area dealt with online threats to campuses, some of which were said to be part of a nationwide TikTok trend to spread false school shooting threats.

This evening (Wednesday, September 21), DJUSD staff received an email threatening to cause harm on Holmes Junior High...

Posted by Davis Joint Unified School District on Thursday, September 22, 2022

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