Yucaipa Deputies and YHS Staff Collaborate in Safely Releasing Students Following Three Threats

By on November 21, 2019

Yucaipa High School (YHS) and Yucaipa deputies took immediate action earlier this week to safeguard the wellbeing of students following three reported threats of violence at the campus. No violence occurred at the high school campus which serves more than 2,775 students.

School officials notified the high school’s parents on Monday of an unsubstantiated threat that Yucaipa police were investigating. Additional police presence on was planned for the campus.

On Tuesday at approximately 1:00 p.m., YHS received an anonymous tip that there was a male student who was possibly in possession of a gun. Law enforcement was immediately notified and, for reasons that are unclear, deputies were able to locate a student in possession of a gun at an off-campus location.

Also on Tuesday, during a routine end-of-period bathroom sweep, YHS campus security discovered the third threat in two days. In collaboration with the Yucaipa Police the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) opted to put the high school on lockdown.

Police responded with multiple deputies and the decision was made to implement a staggered student dismissal and students were released systematically by building. The school district, high school staff and the Yucaipa Police worked to ensured the ongoing safety of each student on campus. The safety of all YCJUSD students remains the district’s highest priority.