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Gun threat prompts Davis junior high school to announce Friday closure

By Cathy Locke

November 16, 2017 09:34 PM

An anonymous gun threat has prompted cancellation of classes Friday at Holmes Junior High School in Davis.

A letter from Principal Jean Kennedy, posted on the school’s website Thursday, advises parents that the school will be closed due to a “targeted and anonymous threat” the school received via the SopIt App.

“The threat claimed that a gun would be brought and used at Holmes Junior High School on Friday, November 17, 2017,” the letter states. “As safety is the Davis Joint Unified School District’s number one priority, the Davis Police were contacted and, in conjunction with school staff, are conducting an investigation into the threat.”

The letter says the decision to close the school for the day was made “out of an abundance of caution and in light of the recent school shooting in Northern California.”

The letter states that the district’s other schools are expected to be open Friday.

Davis schools will be on a scheduled break for Thanksgiving week, and Holmes Junior High is expected to reopen following the break, on Nov. 27.

The letter advises anyone with information regarding threats against a Davis school or student to call 911, or the Davis Police Department’s non-emergency line, 530-747-5400.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy