Sheriff: Security Guard Thwarted Mass Shooting at California High School

Jonathan Hernandez
February 23, 2018

The sheriff said threats against schools have increased since the shooting in Florida a week ago.

"Any time we can get a chance to prevent something like that from happening, we are very relieved", McDonnell said. The weapons found included an assault rifle, registered to the student's 28-year-old brother (an Army veteran), and another that was unregistered. The brother said he was in the military and had shipped the weapons over from Texas, where he had been stationed, a deputy said.

"In Northern California, police said they recovered a firearm from the home of an 11-year-old boy who had barricaded himself in a Santa Cruz classroom Tuesday and planned to harm specific students".

The teen was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Inside the teen's home, authorities found four guns that would have been easily accessible, according to one of the arresting deputies, Martin Maciel.

"Everything was accessible", Maciel said, adding that a bystander can walk in and take the weapons. But the crime can also be charged as a felony, Riverside County District Attorney's Office spokesman John Hall said. One of the AR-15s, however, was not compliant with California law.

"No, I'm not a hero, just doing my job", he said.

District officials said the student was upset with a teacher.

A student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to El Camino High School after being told he couldn't have his headphones in class.


"There has been this big move - see something, say something - and because we are becoming much more aware, people are now much more willing to say something", said Jim Bueermann, a former Redlands police chief and the president of The Police Foundation, an organization that researches and promotes better policing.

The student said he was angry with a teacher's issue about headphones in class and because wasn't allowed to go to the teacher's class the next day, Chavez said.

An Oregon high school student was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct after police said he sent a social media message to a girl at another high school reading: "I am the shooter!"

Chavez chose to approach the teen.

In Los Angeles, authorities say this latest case is an example to all of taking threats seriously.

'He did say that he was just kidding, that he did not mean it, ' Chavez said.

On February 15, a student who had been suspended told his mother he wanted a school administrator dead. He did not disclose any further details about this other threat.

LA police say the 17-year-old, who has been arrested, had assault rifles, handguns and ammunition magazines at home.

The brother claimed responsibility for having the weapons, McDonnell said.

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