Students and staff at El Camino High School were locked down today for over an hour while police investigators investigated death threats allegedly made against a student.
At 9:10 a.m., Tuesday, a student went into the high school's office to alert staff that a member of her family had contacted her and made death threats.
"The principal immediately locked down the school as a precaution and made contact with Police," read a Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety press release.
Officers responded to the school to assist staff members with the lockdown and to ensure the safety of the student. Police notified the parent of the student and set up operations within the school.
"A lockdown is when a campus prevents anyone from entering or exiting the school property," the release stated. "Students and faculty members stay in their classrooms and offices and do not let anyone in unless coordinated with the police. If an event had already occurred, police would conduct a room-to-room search to look for anything or anyone suspicious."
After determining the safety of staff and students at the school, police then went to make contact with the suspect, identified as Shelby Wilcox, 19.
Police were able to contact Wilcox via cell phone and she agreed to go to the main police station at 500 City Center Drive. Wilcox met with officers and detectives at 10:26 a.m., and was taken into custody on suspicion of making criminal threats.
After the arrest was made, the lockdown was lifted from El Camino High School, according to police, and the student was escorted to the police station.
"While the investigation is continuing, police had enough probable cause to place the suspect under arrest and transport her to County Jail," according to the press release. "Wilcox will be charged with criminal threats. The victim is a minor and release to family members. The case is being forwarded to the DA for prosecution."