Sheriff identifies teen who called in ‘non-credible threat’ to Los Osos Middle School

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office identified the person who threatened Los Osos Middle School on Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives tracked the phone and found that a 13-year-old in Peoria, Arizona, threatened the school, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release sent on Thursday.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the teenager’s name.

The teenager “had made similar calls to schools in other locations throughout the country,” the release said.

Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tony Cipolla said the school received a “generalized threat” on Wednesday and called in deputies to respond. Because it was the end of the school day, students were being released to their parents while law enforcement was on campus, he added.

San Luis Coastal Unified School District Superintendent Eric Prater told The Tribune the lockdown was prompted when a staff member received an anonymous threat on their personal cell phone at about 2:50 p.m.

The school then notified the Sheriff’s Office “out of an abundance of caution,” he said.

“All students are safe and this appears to be a non-credible threat,” Prater said on Wednesday. “We deeply appreciate the rapid and robust response by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.”

Arizona law enforcement is investigating the incident.