Threat shuts down junior high Friday

The Martinez Unified School District cancelled Friday classes at Martinez Junior High School after graffiti threatening a shooting at the campus was discovered Thursday.

The message was written on a bathroom wall and specified that a shooting would take place at the junior high on Friday, according to Superintendent of Schools CJ Cammack. The school contacted the district and Martinez police.

“Working closely with the Martinez Police Department we reviewed potential leads and conducted an initial investigation based on available information,” Cammack said late Thursday in an email sent to students, parents, school staff and the community.

“At this time, there is no indication that this a credible threat,” Cammack continued. “However, in light of recent events and the current climate around school shootings, out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of our students and staff I am canceling school for Martinez Junior High School tomorrow, including all related after-school and evening functions.”

A dance was scheduled at the school on Friday night.

“While the threat is specific to Martinez Junior High School, I recognize this issue impacts our entire community,” Cammack wrote. “There are no threats for any other MUSD school. MJHS will be the only school closed for Friday. The remainder of our MUSD schools will remain open tomorrow and conduct school under normal operations.”

“I recognize the decision to close schools will be met with many different reactions. The safety and security of our students and staff is the highest priority. I apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may have for you and your family.

“At this time, please plan on school resuming for MJHS on Monday, March 19th, with normal school operations.

“The safety and security of students and staff is the highest priority,” he wrote in the email. “I apologize for any inconvenience this closure may have for you and your family.”

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