Pinole Middle student cited for school shooting threat

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Pinole police increase presence at middle school after rumored threat
Pinole Middle School is located at 1575 Mann Dr. in Pinole.

A 12-year-old Pinole Middle School student sent an email to school staff “indicating there would be a shooting on campus” on Tuesday, according to the Pinole Police Department.

About 8:20 p.m. Monday, a Pinole Middle school official contacted police about the email, leading to an investigation by detectives and the summoning of additional officers to be on and around the campus.

“During the investigation, a 12-year-old student was identified by our detectives with the assistance of school officials as the suspect,” police said. “Officers interviewed the student who later confessed to sending the email. Officers determined there was no further threat to the campus or the public as a result of the investigation.”

The student was cited for threatening violence to another person that will result in death or great bodily injury to occur upon the grounds of a school (PC 422.2), and was released to the custody of a parent, police said.

“The department is working with the parents to provide resources to the student and family,” police said.

The email threat was reported to police on the same day that Pinole Middle went on lockdown over a reported gun incident. School officials contacted police just before 9 a.m. Monday about a student on campus who possibly had a gun. While officers responded, a student was detained in the administrative office and a search uncovered a pellet gun in a backpack, police said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the above-mentioned incidents are related in any way.