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Police Presence At Mt. Whitney High : Student Threatens Violence

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VISALIA, Calif. (KMPH) -

It's been a week since the terror in Newtown Connecticut.  Now copycat scares on school campuses have been popping up all over the country.  The latest threat happened at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia.  

Visalia police were on motorcycles and in patrol cars parked outside Mt. Whitney High.   Parents waiting for early dismissal just after noon, were on edge.  "I'm nervous, very scared for my daughter," said parent Tonya Logan. 

Police say a fourteen year old gang member from Woodlake is responsible for the tension on campus.   He was arrested Friday morning charged with making terrorist  threats.   Captain Jason Salazar says detectives learned from students that he planned to "shoot it up" at Mt. Whitney.  "He didn't have any guns.   He did indicate he was intending to carry out the threat but apparently didn't have the means to do so."

There was a heightened police presence on campus but it never climbed to lock down status. Students say it was unusual to see cops guarding their school.  "Like weird here cause nothing like this ever really happens here.   So it was just different."

Tonya Logan was relieved to see her daughter after school.  "Times have changed with kids and you can't always protect them."

A potential crisis was averted due to good police work.   But for students it was an unforgettable sight on campus with cops everywhere on the last day of school before vacation.  

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