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2 suspects arrested in separate online school threats

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 16-year-old girl was arrested Friday in connection with a threat made against Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, one of two San Diego schools that were placed on lockdown because of threats.

The girl is not a student at the school and the threat does not appear to be related to a shooting threat at Torrey Pines High School, for which a 17-year-old boy was arrested, said Lt. Kevin Mayer of the San Diego Police Department.

The girl, who was tracked down through her IP address, is a Rancho  Penasquitos resident who attends Westview High School and she made the threat as a joke, according to a broadcast report.

The Torrey Pines High School security emergency began shortly before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, when a parent contacted school officials to report hearing about the threat from her child.

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 under escort, SDPD spokesman Humberto Hernandez said.

The search of Torrey Pines High 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 an assailant 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 boy -- who does not attend Torrey Pines High -- in connection with the first threat. 

Mayer announced the girl's arrest tonight.

During a news conference this morning, Torrey Pines Principal David Jaffe warned anyone who might consider posting such frightening and disruptive messages online that he or she would pay a legal price.

"Social media is not anonymous ...," Jaffe said. "You post something, you're going to be held accountable for what it is that you post."

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