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Sheriff’s Office Investigates Threatening Graffiti at San Marcos High School

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a case of threatening graffiti that was located today, March 7, 2018, on a bathroom stall in the girl’s locker room at San Marcos High School.  The graffiti message threatened a school shooting on March 9, 2018.  School Administrators became aware of the graffiti at approximately 11:20 a.m. today through an anonymous post on the new STOPit reporting app. The school notified the Sheriff’s Office and deputies immediately responded to the campus to conduct an investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies are working closely with the Santa Barbara Unified School District to identify the source of the graffiti.  Numerous interviews were conducted today with students, but so far a source hasn’t been identified.  The investigation is ongoing.  The Sheriff’s Office requests anyone with information regarding this case to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724 or to leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or go to

While the validity of this threat has not yet been determined, the Sheriff’s Office takes all threats of school violence seriously.  The Sheriff’s Office will increase patrols in and around the campus tomorrow and Friday.


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