Reported kidnapping at West Ranch turns out to be hoax 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to West Ranch High School after a report of an attempted kidnapping. A Hart district source said the report was false. Dan Watson/The Signal.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to West Ranch High School after a report of an attempted kidnapping. A Hart district source said the report was false. Dan Watson/The Signal.
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A report of a kidnapping near West Ranch High School on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a hoax, according to officials with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the William S. Hart Union High School District. 

The initial call of a kidnapping at the school came in at about 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Sgt. Guillermo Martinez with the SCV Sheriff’s Station. The investigation ended shortly after, when the report was found to be fake. 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies responded to West Ranch High School after a report of an attempted kidnapping. A Hart district source said the report was false. Dan Watson/The Signal.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to West Ranch High School after a report of an attempted kidnapping. A Hart district source said the report was false. Dan Watson/The Signal.

A source within the Hart district told The Signal that the kidnapping report was not real shortly after the incident was first reported. The report, the source said, originated from a false text message sent to a student’s parents. 

There is no additional information as of this story’s publication. 

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