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Police investigating gun threat made to Edison and Sunnyside high schools

This image was shared online, making threats to Edison and Sunnyside high schools
This image was shared online, making threats to Edison and Sunnyside high schools submitted to Fresno Bee

Fresno police are investigating a threat to Edison and Sunnyside high schools after someone posted a picture of a gun to social media on Thursday and warned students not to attend class on Friday.

The picture shows what appears to be an assault rifle on carpet, along with the words, “Edison and SSH don’t come to school.”

“So far it appears someone took an already existing image from the internet and added the typing on the image,” said Fresno police Lt. Michael Landon.

It’s unclear who posted the image, which appears to have originated on Snapchat.

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As of 10:30 p.m., school was to continue as usual on Friday, with a police presence expected “in and around” both schools, according to a Fresno Unified spokesman. “We plan to have an increased police presence at the schools tomorrow,” Landon said.

A news release sent Thursday night by Fresno Unified stated the district is working closely with Fresno police to investigate the posting. “As a precaution the police chief will deploy additional officers in and around our schools tomorrow morning. Our schools will remain open as normal. We have communicated to our families and staff and will continue to update everyone as information is available,” the notice said.

The post came a day after 17 people were killed and many others were injured in a school shooting in Florida.

Mackenzie Mays: 559-441-6412, @MackenzieMays

Chueyee Yang contributed to this report.

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