By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available. Names of minors are not and will never be released unless permission is given by law enforcement or family members.
Kern Valley High School Principal John Meyers responded to claims that the school had been on lockdown on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Meyers stated that the original concern about students making threats had been received last Thursday, Feb. 15. KVHS’s Officer Chisholm, along with another Kern High School District officer, investigated the issue thoroughly and were involved with the investigation until well past midnight.
Those implicated were questioned, their homes were searched and their access to weapons was investigated.
Meyers said that the same complaints were then investigated by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).
According to Meyers, neither KHSD’s deputies nor KCSO found any reason to believe that the students implicated were a threat.
“Everything was deemed unsubstantiated,” said Meyers.
Meyers encouraged parents and students who believed they had further information on the matter to contact the school directly so that it may be investigated.
“We take every one of these things absolutely 100 percent seriously,” said Meyers. “We investigate everything. We involve parents and law enforcement every time.”
Meyers said that he would be holding a public forum for concerned community members Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Fine Arts Auditorium at KVHS and encourages the public to attend.