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Teen suspect arrested in online threat to local school

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 17-year-old boy suspected of making shooting threats against a San Diego high school -- prompting a lockdown of the campus -- was in custody Friday, investigators said. 

A threat reported to school officials at Torrey Pines High School forced the hours-long lockdown Thursday. Police are also trying to determine if the unidentified boy is also behind a separate threat made towards Canyon Crest Academy later Thursday.

"We are exploring if there is a nexus between the threats made to both schools, and if other (perpetrators) were involved," public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

Torrey Pines Principal David Jaffe also spoke during a news conference Friday morning, saying the school's emergency protocols worked exactly as they are intended to Thursday.

"It is a challenging event, however the work that we've done in this district over the years and working with SDPD to continue to improve our protocol for lockdowns is something that I appreciate that we've done in this district and it showed itself yesterday," Jaffe said.

He also thanked San Diego police and district officials for their immediate responses to the situation.

Moving forward, the school's continued communication with students, parents and law enforcement were key, he said.

"Social media is not anonymous ... you post something you're going to be held accountable for what it is that you post," Jaffe said, adding that if the poster turns out to be a student at the school, he or she would be subject to an immediate minimum five-day suspension, followed by possible expulsion.

The Torrey Pines scare began about 10:30 a.m. Thursday with a parent contacting the school to say she heard about the threat from her student, Jaffe said.

The menacing post on the Yik Yak social-networking site included a claim that a shooting would occur just before noon. Teachers kept students locked in their classrooms while officers went through the campus.

By mid-afternoon, authorities were allowing students to leave the school grounds, SDPD spokesman Humberto Hernandez said Thursday.

The search of the Del Mar Heights Road school was wrapping up when, shortly before 3 p.m., a staffer at nearby Canyon Crest Academy made an emergency call to report that someone had posted a menacing website message about a shooting there as well.

The threat included a claim that a shooter was "on the way with three guns," police said.

Administrators secured everyone inside rooms at the East Village Center Loop Road campus while police went over the grounds. Officers gave an all-clear about 3:45 p.m., according to Hernandez.

Later in the day, police arrested the suspect -- who does not attend Torrey Pines High -- in connection with the first threat.

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