SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday night that it is aware of and is investigating a school threat made via Snapchat that specifically mentions “RHS,” which are the initials of Righetti High School in Orcutt.
In a video message posted to Twitter, the sheriff’s office said the public should be aware that there are several towns across the country with the initials “RHS” that have received reports of the same threat.
School security update regarding Snapchat “RHS” threat: pic.twitter.com/Qm8w9qHFV3
— SB Sheriff’s Office (@sbsheriff) May 27, 2022
It was unclear if the threat was specific to Righetti High School in Orcutt.
The sheriff’s office is working with the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District and other allied law enforcement agencies to determine the source of the social media post and the person who posted it, the office said. , adding that there may be an increased presence of law enforcement. on campus while the investigation unfolds.
“There is an increased law enforcement presence in our schools today, and we remain vigilant during this time to ensure that all of our schools are safe,” district spokesman Kenny Klein said. The SB Sheriff’s Office continues to work with allied law enforcement agencies to identify the origin of the message.”
Anyone with information about the identity of the Snapchat user with the name “shootingRHSnext” is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724.