Nationwide school shooting threats prompt concern among students


Alan Ruiz

English teacher Dejanae Sharp talks with seniors during Period 4 today. Many students showed up at DPMHS on Friday despite threats nationwide on TikTok earlier this week.

Alan Ruiz and Nickalas Lembo

Despite the nationwide threats that were posted on TikTok, many students were on campus today, the last day before winter break. 

“Someone crazy is going to put something on TikTok and some people might listen, but I doubt it will happen on a large scale,” junior Jamus Sheehan said. 

This past week, threats on social media were aimed toward schools across the country and students on TikTok made videos recommending that students stay home today. According to Office Tech Lupe Osorio, who oversees attendance, 168 students came to school today out of 218. Usually, only 10 to 15 students are absent on a regular day. Although the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS) staff were more cautious today, many students felt the threats were not valid. 

“(Los Angeles Unified School District) pointed out that they are not serious,” senior Andrew Kalustian said. “I don’t think it’s a serious threat.”

Last night, an email was sent out by LAUSD to all parents and faculty to inform them about the threats and reassure them that they are being monitored.  Principal Armen Petrossian felt there was no reason to believe that it was unsafe for DPMHS students and staff to be on campus today. No threats were made concerning DPMHS specifically. 

Nevertheless, Petrossian was in communications with LAUSD supervisors and available to investigate if anyone had a reason to feel unsafe. He was confident that LAUSD was in close surveillance of any suspicious activity. Petrossian noted that the school district takes all threats very seriously and that they will continue to follow procedures to ensure the safety of all students and LAUSD staff. 

“At the end of the day, it’s about the health of the community,” Petrossian said.