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Shooting threats go viral; Deputies watch over El Capitan High

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By News 8 Reporter Craig McKee

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EL CAJON - A rumored threat regarding an upcoming school shooting went viral on Facebook and other social media sites over the weekend; prompting Sheriff's Deputies to respond to El Capitan High school Monday morning.

"The rumor was that there was supposedly going to be a school shooting today," said Jason Rouse, Juvenile Detective with the San Diego Sheriff's Department.

Facebook was all a buzz with shooting rumors, one student posting "Whats with the "shooting" tomorrow? I'm not going to school!"

The viral side of social media concerned enough students that school officials say a third of the student body didn't show up Monday morning.

"The staff here is always pro-active and the Sheriff's had a good presence and they have since early this morning," said one unidentified parent. She adds that the school administration kept parents updated on the situation and that she didn't have any concerns.

In a recorded message from the principal Sue Emerson, sent out to all parents, she said in part, "The rumors are being fueled by social media.  If you, or your student, have any specific information, please report it to us or law enforcement."

So far Sheriff's Investigators don't have anything tangible on the threat.

"We looked at numerous Facebook accounts and there was lots of talk about [it],' said Rouse. "However, it's all second and third hand information; nobody specifically making any threat."

Now a new post just this afternoon, it says "a mom of an el cap student investigated and found out that a shooting is actually supposed[sic] to happen on friday during our extended lunch"

The new posting doesn't provide any key source; something investigators need to keep these rumors from becoming a reality.

"If anybody out there has information please contact the sheriff's department or the school district," asked Rouse.

There are retaliation rumors surrounding the shooting threat, which are tied to the death of former El Capitan student Christopher Carioscia.  He was found dead on the Barona Indian Reservation after going missing on October 27th.

His parents believe he was murdered.

Investigators say they've not found a connection between the two incidents.

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