Teen detained amid SRVHS lockdown

Police: Threat of violence against fellow student prompts 30-minute shutdown

San Ramon Valley High School was placed on lockdown for approximately 30 minutes late Tuesday morning while Danville police investigated a threat of violence reportedly made by one student against another.

The lockdown was lifted shortly after police officers found the culprit, identified as a 16-year-old Alamo boy, about a block away from campus, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins.

"We had reason to believe that the threat against the student was credible enough to warrant the district placing the school on lockdown. In a situation of that sort, it is best to be cautious," Simpkins said in a statement.

Officers were dispatched to the high school at 501 Danville Blvd. at 11:19 a.m. Tuesday after the campus's school resource officer learned of a threat of violence by one student against another student, Simpkins said.

The San Ramon Valley school district ordered a lockdown of the high school at 11:30 a.m. while police searched for the student who made the threat, according to the police chief.

"The safety of our students is our top priority, and we take every incident seriously," said district communications specialist Meaghan Krakoff, who noted that no other schools were affected by the lockdown.

The 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was detained after being located at Big O Tires on Linda Mesa Avenue about 30 minutes later, according to Simpkins. The teen had no weapons at the time, according to police.

The lockdown was lifted around noon Tuesday, according to school and police officials.

The incident remains under investigation, and police have not decided whether to charge the teen, Simpkins said Tuesday afternoon.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2015 at 6:45 am

This whole thing was a hoax, I personally spoke to the "Alimo Teen", who told me it was just another "High school rumor" getting spread around. But because of what has happened to other high schools in the last couple years, the police could not take the "Rumor" lightly.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Danville
on Oct 14, 2015 at 7:55 am

@Anonymous - nor should they take the rumor lightly. It's a sad sign of our times that we need to now talk to our kids about how they need to protect themselves at school in case of a shooting.

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Posted by Matty
a resident of Danville
on Oct 14, 2015 at 8:12 am

The question remains...what the H was the 16 year old doing by being off campus from 11-something (and during a school lock down no less) until found downtown at around noon?

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Posted by Marie
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

Anonymous: I would not say “this whole thing was a hoax”! This Alamo teen is telling his friends that it was a big misunderstanding, but he is not innocent by any means!

Even though I loathe politically correct ideas, we have to take ever threat seriously because of the world we live in.

I appreciate the communication from the school and town, but wish the messages were not so vague. I received more information from talking to my children and friends, than received through email and social media.

Glad this ended peacefully!

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