UPDATE: Lockdown at Acalanes High School After Threats Posted on Social Media

June 6, 2014 12:12 pm · 54 comments

Acalanes High School in Lafayette is currently on lockdown because of threats posted to social media, officials said.

Police said students are safe, and there is no immediate threat at the high school.

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said the school went on lockdown after school officials became aware of a threat on social media.

Lee said officers are trying to figure out if the threat is legitimate and no arrests have been made.

Police are at the school and are investigating the situation.

UPDATE, 1pm: The following update is from the Lafayette Police Dept.:

Earlier today police received a perceived threat to Acalanes High School. Police secured the school, searched the campus and detained a subject off campus. The subject was not on or near the campus. The School Lockdown has been lifted.

1 The Closer June 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Threat by social media. How hard is that going to be to trace. Geniuses. Sounds like somebody wants a three day weekend.

2 Momo June 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

They are going to get more than a three day weekend!!!

3 Elvis CD June 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

In response to “The Closer”. It is really easy to find out who made a post on a social media site, unless it was posted with TOR or a VPN.

4 Pigly June 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Mental Health Counselors need to teach classes starting in Fifth Grade.

5 LittleGeno June 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Just drove past at 12:30pm. Nervous parents/family members were at the trail parking area across the street near the elementary school. Lots of police, sheriff, parking control officer activity at all of the high school parking lot entrances.

Hoping for a safe and quick “all clear” for the students and families.

6 VikingPrincess June 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

A bit vague. I’m thinking there is a reason for this. Please keep us posted Mayor. Let’s hope the cyberfolks can trace asap.

7 svenRN June 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I receive Nixle alerts thru the app on my phone and am updated almost immediately by various police dept’s when there’s an issue. It’s confirmed that a “subject has been detained OFF campus and officers remain on campus investigating.”

8 svenRN June 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

as of 12:52pm… “the threat has been contained off the campus. Area is safe. Lockdown has been lifted.”

9 Tom June 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

At least he’s detained. I don’t remember anything going on like this when I was at Acalanes back in the day.

10 Seriously?! June 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

@ Pigly, maybe you’re kidding but if not, that’s absolutely what we don’t need.

How about if people simply take responsibility for being a parent and put down their cell phones and their own social media addictions and start doing a better job teaching their kids how the world works.

Maybe if that happened more certain kids would understand that Slender Man doesn’t exist and you shouldn’t stab people because a website called Creepy Pasta wiki told you to do so.

11 Concord Mom June 6, 2014 at 2:18 PM

my nieces have been raised in Lafayette. The kids in Lafayette are all spoiled rotten and have no grasp on real life. The kids live sheltered lives, and once they get a taste of real life, they freak out. I’ve seen it with my nieces and their friends. They act all high and mighty and think they are experts in “life” but they’re just silly little kids. Very sad, our future is doomed.

12 Acalanes Parent June 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM

@Concord Mom, not are people in Lafayette are rich and spoiled. I have 3 children at the school, who are mature, sensible and well adjusted human beings. We are originally from England but my experience of Lafayette and Acalanes High has been a positive one. The school provides excellent opportunities for the kids inside and outside the classroom. Parents on the whole are very involved with the school. There is always going to be a small majority of kids that go off the rails or lack parental supervision in good schools. Lafayette is a wonderful community to raise children in, hence why so many people move here through the tunnel and hence why I choose this town for my kids.

13 wth June 6, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Seriously?! You rock!

14 Pegasus June 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

@ Concord Mom #11-
Well at least you don’t make blanket statements, huh.

15 100th monkey June 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

@ ConcordMom Thanks for your insights on Lafayette kids. Curious, how do Concord kids act when they get a taste of real life?

16 TinFoiler June 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Quote: “We Must Brainwash the People about Guns”.
Look up who made that statement and then tell me that there is not a war for Your mind.

17 Acalanes Junior June 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Okay, does anybody know what the original threat was verbatim? The admins clearly know but if they told the teachers (which I doubt) they told them not to tell us. I, as a student at Acalanes, am quite cross that nobody saw fit to inform me of the nature of the situation. They basically said, “we’re going into lockdown, but we certainly aren’t going to tell you whether or not you’re in danger” Seriously, who taught these people to maintain order and calm in a crisis; The Joker? I am nigh on offended that they thought keeping us ignorant would be a good idea and I still can’t find the original threat.

18 Lafayette native/Concord Resident/Pittsburg Teacher June 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

@Concord Mom OMG, really? Having a couple of nieces who grew up in L-Town definitely makes you an expert on every Acalanes student, ever. I went to Lafayette schools K-12 before going to college, becoming a high school English teacher, and moving to Concord. I could surely think of one or two stereotypes about Concord students and make some sort of ridiculous absolute statement, but lucky for you I’m too educated to do something so ignorant and jealousy-motivated. Thanks, amazing Acalanes education!!

19 Acalanes Grad Freaked Out When Thrown Into the Wild June 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

After graduation when I was thrown into the big bad wild world I freaked out: went to college out of state (gasp!!), graduated with honors, got my MA degree, then married and had 2 kids! It’s a miracle!!!
Oh yeahhhhhh I forgot an education in one of the best school districts makes the world doomed. Sounds like someone wishes she went to Acalanes. Oh but what do I know since I’m so sheltered.

20 Atticus Thraxx June 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I’m having trouble with the “there’s a possible treat, so let’s lock them down” mindset. A person with murder in their heart may use that to their advantage, may even work that into their plan to maximize casualties. I can’t be the only person who might think that way, right?

21 No June 6, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Wrong. The last thing police need is kids running all over the place frantically. It would be much harder for them to spot the threat in a sea of people. If staff knew who the person was (and I’m guessing they did if he/she was a student), they would be able to spot him/her and notify police. As for the spoiled kid at #17, you do not need to know the specific threat. What you need to know is that the grown ups who are trained to handle such incidents know the specific threat. I know high schoolers think they have the whole world figured out, but they don’t. Thankfully it ended well and no one was hurt.

22 np June 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

My son texted me throughout the entire ordeal. Cudos to the Acalanes staff for handling the situation in a calm and caring manor. My son felt safe the entire time. I felt that he was safe the entire time. The response was that of a well thought out plan put into action. The pressure students on themselves socially and academically these days is more than I could ever imagine.
Thank goodness I didn’t have to go to a hospital or a morgue to get my son from school today.

23 L-Town Pride June 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Being a Lafayette native and having attended Acalanes I do not a 100% agree with the statement that us Lafayette kids are spoiled and live sheltered lives. Everyone has a story and not everyone is sheltered. Your view may be different but it seems to be a very limited view. As for the lock down I grew up with the individual involved and sadly I am not surprised it happened. With that said we were very fortunate to avoid a tragedy, especially one that hits very close to home for many of us. But this is not an opportunity to attack anyone from Lafayette or our life experiences. It’s unifortunate that this kid felt so poorly about life and those around him. Do not be so quick to judge the situation and make comments unless you know the complete and true story, which there’s a chance you don’t. I know I am taking this chance to thank God that some of my very best friends are unharmed.

24 Acalanes Grad Chimes in Again June 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I want to shout out to @Acalanes Jr! I’m impressed and proud of your eagerness to know more about what’s going on! Keep asking questions! Please don’t listen to @No, you are not spoiled. In fact I think your inquisitiveness (and that you are a student who reads Claycord) demonstrates that you possess the qualities of a leader. These are the qualities ” grown ups” need to be teaching you in order to fight herd mentality.

But then again what do I know. As @concordmom states I am sheltered and spoiled rotten. And @ Seriosuly!? doesn’t think we need more mental health counselors, which I happen to be. While I whole heartedly agree we need more/ different interventions, I don’t think cutting back MH support is the answer either.

25 DoReMi June 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

@Concord Mom: I agree with your comment about overprotected spoiled kids. The outcome is adults that have been convinced that everything they do is worthy of a prize. Alhanbra High had a problem with suicides. I believe it is cause by kids that expect to be number one, every single time.

Losing is a part of life. Learning from a loss is an essential part of live. In fact, the best way to motivate learning is to STRIVE to be number one. Not merely to embody the number one position.

How many of us have witnessed a star jock in high school fall from grace in later years. Because of the inability to cope with not being number one, always.

26 Lafayette native/Concord resident/Pittsburg teacher June 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Some of the comments here are profoundly disappointing. @DoReMi I really hope that you fooled me with some Jonathan Swift-like parody on ConcordMom’s post. Calling out suicide victims for what you see as their major fault– not getting as many accolades as they expect– is beyond ignorant and inappropriate. Also, we’ve all heard the stereotype of the popular high school football quarterback whose life after high school doesn’t compare to the greatness of his life during high school. But like I said, that is a stereotype. Sometimes stereotypes don’t fit. Sometimes they do. Because sometimes they do is one of the reasons that people who lack intelligence and/or common sense subscribe to them. We all know terribly offensive stereotypes about different groups of people. It’s good that (in my experience) most modern day Americans know that it’s inappropriate to voice stereotypes about African-Americans and the poor, for example. But the truth is that stereotypes, period, are not ok. It doesn’t matter if they’re about people who are privileged or people who are disenfranchised in some way. @Acalanes Junior, I agree with the comments of my fellow alum. As a teacher, I really appreciate your inquisitiveness. It goes to show that you care about your community and I love that you want to be informed. When I was growing up in Lafayette, my parents and my community always encouraged me to think for myself and be caring toward others. Both in school and with my family, I did many community service projects throughout the Bay Area (Acalanes required a certain number of service hours each year to encourage caring and character, but I would have done it anyway). I hope that this is still going on in town.

Also, why do so many folks feel the need to judge and blame? It would be nice to just see, “That’s scary and sad! Glad everyone is ok!”

27 Concord Mom June 7, 2014 at 7:24 PM

To all the replies to my post.
I was raised and grew up in Lafayette, attended Lafayette Elementary, Stanley Jr. High (yes, I’m that old) and graduated from Acalanes. So yes, I do have some insight on Lafayette – both when I was growing up and now with my nieces. Although my sister chose to live in Lafayette so her girls could have a good education, I have never had ANY desire to move back to Lafayette because of my experience. The so-called friends that my nieces have are all spoiled brats and have their parents completely snowed regarding their behavior and social lives. My nieces share with me what they do when they are with their friends, and what they tell their parents they are doing – let me tell you it’s not innocent and far from the truth. If you are a Lafayette parent and you think your little Hannah is perfect and would never do anything wrong or bad – then she’s played her game very well. Or you think your little Caleb is a good honest young man – HAH! You are all completely in the dark.
I’m very happy that this incident turned out well for the students at Acalanes and that no one was hurt – believe me. I’ve seen too many news stories of similar tragedies and there are way too many of them. What I’m saying is, teach your children that life has it’s ups and downs and make sure you put some emphasis on the “downs” part. My nieces have always been handed whatever they wanted and desired without having to work for it, it’s not a good way to teach children the value of life. And unfortunately I see that in their friends too. High schoolers having a $500 iPhone, a $300 iPad and taking trips to Paris for Spring Break is completely ridiculous. Middle Schoolers being able to stay out all night with their parents approval….really?!?

28 DoReMi June 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Thank you Pittsburg teacher for you comments… For only in a fascist society would opposing views be stifled. You suggest we keep our commentary to “how sad’ and ‘that’s scary”. Really?

29 Pittsburg Teacher June 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM

@ConcordMom, I’m sorry that your experience growing up in Lafayette wasn’t what you would have liked it to be. For a lot of people, it’s a great place to raise kids or be raised as a kid. For others, not so much. I suspect that mixed feelings are common in any hometown. It’s unfortunate that you know some spoiled children in Lafayette. I wholeheartedly agree that spoiling kids and not giving them proper supervision are huge parenting mistakes. I see similar parenting in Pittsburg sometimes. I also see $500 iPhones and iPads in my students’ possession. Ultimately, teenagers wherever they are seem very similar to me, regardless of where they live. But, of course, your experience may differ from mine.

@DoReMi, I didn’t suggest anything. I just expressed that I think it’s sad when people are judgemental and make blanket statements about groups of people. It seems like often school tragedies are due in part to students feeling left out, judged, and/or pigeonholed (I’m thinking of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris). Also, as a teacher, I feel like we can be too hard on kids at times (not regarding discipline, guidance, or curfews– which they desperately need). Being a teenager can be really hard and I don’t see why some people can’t give them a little more grace and understanding. Your comments about suicide were particularly insensitive and out of line, so I shouldn’t be suprised. But, like you said and I agree, people are free to think and discuss in a non-fascist society.

30 biggus thinkus June 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

wow, all parts covered. Go Dons!
Class of …
long ago enough.
I hear Mr Freeman is still there! He’s the Stuff!

31 Silva June 8, 2014 at 7:45 AM

I too went through Lafayette School, M. H. Stanley, and 2 years at Acalanes. It was long ago, and a completely miserable experience.

32 DoReMi June 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Yes yes Pittsburg Teacher. Just ignore the meat of my commentary:
” Losing is a part of life. Learning from a loss is an essential part of life. In fact, the best way to motivate learning is to STRIVE to be number one. Not merely to embody the number one position.”

*edit live to life. Sorry folks.

Your point is received. Your bias is duly noted. Or is it an agenda? No matter. Violence is always a sad outcome. On this we can agree.

We can also agree that a conversation is a series of sentences and queries. A good conversation lasts longer that a few bytes typed out on a blog.

33 Pittsburg Teacher June 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM

@DoReMi, of course learning to deal with loss and disappointment is a big part of growing up. But to slam suicide victims, as if you’re some sort of expert, is ridiculous and callous. Bias? You are the one who is biased. You’re biased against jocks, suicide victims, and I can only assume which other groups you think are inferior to you. My hope for you, and others, is that you can learn to be less judgemental and stop spouting silly stereotypes and generalizations.

34 Connie Dobbs June 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

#33 You’re bullying DoReMi because you judged his or her comments to be insensitive.

35 DoReMi June 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Ya gotta love Connie Dobbs. She nails it every time. lol

Oh stop it Pittsburg Teacher. But I do say, your passive aggressive behavior is so very. Very.

36 Pittsburg Teacher June 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

@Connie @DoReMi: You two make me sad. It seems likely that neither of you are “readers.” Also, Connie, you should look into what “bullying” is. DoReMi, your homework is defining “passive aggressive” and using it correctly in a sentence. Please also study comma usage and sentence fragments. A teacher’s work is NEVER done. You’re welcome!!

37 Ed Yucater June 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Yeah Connie & DoReMi, If you want to learn what “bullying” is, just drive down Stoneman Rd. or Loveridge Rd. when school lets out and watch the kids wilding their way home.

38 Connie Dobbs June 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Well, you certainly showed me. I’m thinking you teach eighth grade. The little darlings will get into your head, won’t they?

39 Connie Dobbs June 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Your summer assignment is to write a 1000-word essay entitled, “How I can improve my interpersonal skills.” Your thesis will be that professional educators are more likely than pediatricians, child psychologists, or social workers to infantalize every person with whom they interact.

40 Pittsburg Teacher June 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM

@Connie, I was right! You’re not a reader. I explained earlier that I teach high school English. Specifically, I teach seniors (English 4). Even my students can tell you that using I and me in formal (the opposite of casual) writing is a no-no. However, you are not completely wrong about some teachers’ tendencies toward infantilizing people. We teachers just can’t stand to see people acting like fools and (your tax dollars at work) we try to educate people regardless of whether or not they are our students. Luckily, such interactions are rare (that means not occuring very often). Again, you are welcome.

41 Tom June 8, 2014 at 10:48 PM

If you don’t fit in, and you’re picked on for being inferior, you will be miserable. It’s sad, and I feel badly for the kids. The Golden Rule goes a long way.

42 Rollo Tomasi June 8, 2014 at 10:51 PM

@Pittsburg teacher #29:

If you believe Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were somehow victimized by those around them prior to their cowardly act, your summer assignment is to read “Columbine” by Dave Cullen. Those evil SOB’s were very different from one another, and both were sociopaths of the highest order.

43 Pittsburg Teacher June 9, 2014 at 12:10 AM

@Rollo Tomasi, I’ll have to check it out from the library once summer school is over. Thank you for the recommendation. I’ve heard that the Columbine killers were not treated kindly by their peers. It was widely reported on the news, but I’m not am expert on this or any other school shooting. I want to be clear, there is no excuse for any violent act. I remember Columbine quite vividly because I was in high school at the time, but I know there have been many other similar tragedies. What I meant to say earlier is that it is not helpful in anyway to judge or pigeonhole a person on one aspect of who they are, especially something out of their control (like socioeconomic status). Sometimes judging kids this way results in a self fulfilling prophecy (ie: everyone says I won’t graduate because no one I’m my family does, so I won’t), which just continues a very sad cycle.

44 Pittsburg Teacher June 9, 2014 at 12:11 AM

* any way

45 Connie Dobbs June 9, 2014 at 8:19 AM

“I’m not aN expert…”
“I want to be clear; …”
“..To judge or pigeonhole a person FOR one aspect…” This is appalling sentence structure. Try it like this: “It is not in any way helpful to pigeonhole a person based upon factors like socioeconomic status.”
“self-fulfilling”
E.g. stands for exempli gratia or ‘for example’ and i.e. stands for id est, or ‘that is…’ You meant to use e.g. — properly punctuated, of course, as an abbreviation. Latin is a beautiful language. Try to preserve its remnants.
“…IN my family.”
I fear you are perpetuating the very sad cycle of semiliterate high school graduates. You do Pittsburg’s schools a disservice, but I doubt you’ll improve your skills until you’re forced. Also, for such an inexperienced educator, you sure are mean.

46 Antler June 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Oh, dear sweet Connie, you were so close to nailing it; but you did mean to write “you sureLY are mean”, did you not?

(Or maybe you just wrote that on purpose by way of tagging the runner out… with a smile on your face?). ;-)

These danged fonts are just so inadequate.

47 Marianne June 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

lol, :-D

48 Connie Dobbs June 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I’m only working with a GED over here.

49 Pittsburg Teacher June 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

@Connie admits, “I’m only working with a GED over here.” Props on using you’re and your correctly, even though you lack a proper education. Smart phones are great, but not ideal for posting comments on Claycord. This is why I don’t call people out for obvious typos. BTW, thanks, Antler; good catch!

50 Acalanes Parent June 9, 2014 at 1:57 PM

My son attends Acalanes and knows the kid that was detained. He is not friends with him, but he knows his social group. And the kid was also his TA. The accused is not known as a *spoiled brat* who lives a life of leisure – no he’s not part of *that* crowd. So much for everyone’s wild theories here. I understand that others have perceptions of what ‘the typical Acalanes kid’ is like. It is quite true.about many of the kids. Many have a sense of entitlement, are left unsupervised and parents do not always have realsitic expectations. They do not really know.much about their chldren’s lives, friends or most importantly their feelings. However, this is true of high school communities across the Contra Costa area. Your high school community is no different. Please do not cast stones! I also taught middle school.and high school.in Alamo. Lockdowns are scary and a potentially serious threat to safety to both students and staff. The.first person’s comment about ‘someone.wanting a three day weekend’ were insensitive. Specific seniors were targeted and personally threatened. Imagine how terrified you would be if your child was targeted? Bottom line: your kid doesn’t go to Acalanes. Don’t speculate and judge.

51 Acalanes Parent June 9, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Also to echo the comment aboveby np – my son said he felt that the principal, teachers and police did an excellent job trying to keep.him.safe. When he told me what he was feeling along with the reaction of classmates who were held in a locker room for over four hours, it made me cry. Many of them were quite shook up and upset by the event. We talked for quite a while about what happened after he got home. A police man came into the locker room to check on them and they were able to ask questions. He thought that the PE teachers and police did alot to make everyone feel protected. Some kids
acted like jack asses and didn’t take the threat seriously. The teachers quick
ly straightened them out about that…. A lot of texting home to parents. My son chose not to because he did not want to upset me. Some parents criticized the cops for not talking to them on campus during the event. Given it’s a very small police dept, I think they did an excellent job. They had to focus on the task at hand – making sure kids and staff were safe.

52 Cowellian June 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Now we understand what’s wrong with a Pittsburg education. Our poor condescending teacher doesn’t even realize she’s been played by a pro.

53 Silva June 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Connie Dobbs nailed it alright!

54 Connie Dobbs June 9, 2014 at 6:47 PM

That’s the spirit. Never, never, never give up.

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