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California Parent Arrested For Threatening ‘Columbine Situation’ At School

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Additional security officers will be at the Bear Creek High School on Friday after the principal said a disgruntled parent threatened a “Columbine situation” would take place.

The principal at the Stockton school, Bill Atterberry, warned parents that he received a call Thursday from an angry parent who made threats against the school.

"This afternoon, we received a call from an upset parent who said that he was 'coming down tomorrow and it's going to be like a ‘Columbine situation,’” Atterberry said in a letter to parents.

“The Stockton Police Department was notified and responded immediately,” the letter continued.

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That parent who allegedly made the call was Orlando Johnson, 41. He was arrested in Elk Grove Friday morning and will be turned over to Stockton police, according to CBS Sacramento. Officers will still be on guard at the school Friday.

Atterberry told parents he can’t be sure the threat was “credible” but it’s his “responsibility is to give you the facts and let you make the decision whether or not to keep your children home on Friday.

"I’m so sorry, folks. Bear Creek really is a great school,” he added. “And your children are absolutely fabulous! That’s why acts like this are so disappointing and, frankly, infuriating."

Sources: KCRA, CBS Sacramento

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Ignat Gorazd, CBS Sacramento