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Deputies: Boy, 14, accused of posting online threat to West Hills High School in Santee taken to hospital

A 14-year-old boy who authorities say threatened to carry out a shooting at West Hills High School in Santee on Tuesday was taken by deputies to a hospital for an evaluation, a sheriff’s official said.

The evaluation was a precautionary measure, sheriff’s Lt. David Ladieu said in a statement.

The county Sheriff’s Department was notified of the threat, which was posted to Snapchat, just after 10 p.m. Monday. The post indicated the boy planned to bring his grandparents’ guns to school and hurt other students and staff because “of his failing grades,” Ladieu said.

Deputies identified the boy and contacted him and his parents at their home in San Diego, Ladieu said. The deputies then took the boy to a hospital.

The lieutenant did not say whether deputies seized any firearms or whether the boy might face criminal charges.

There was no threat to the public or impact to classes Tuesday, Ladieu said. Extra deputies patrolled the area as a precaution.

“The safety of our school children is a priority for the Sheriff’s Department and we take all such threats seriously,” Ladieu said. “Working with the school district, our focus is to ensure a safe learning environment for the students and staff.”

The lieutenant asked students to report any threats to a school resource deputy or the anonymous Student Speaking Out Hotline at (888) 580-8477.

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