California sophomore arrested over school shooting threats

LOS ANGELES Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:37pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in California arrested a 15-year-old student for threatening to kill a classmate, shoot up their high school and then take his own life, authorities said on Friday.

Officers responded to a call about the teen threatening another youth just as thousands of people were arriving for a graduation ceremony on Thursday at the Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo, west of Los Angeles.

"Deputies contacted the victim and his parent and learned that the suspect had also told the victim that he planned to shoot up the school and then take his own life," the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The teen was arrested without incident soon after at his home and admitted threatening the other student, although he said he had no intention of actually carrying it out.

The county's Children’s Intensive Response Team was called for an evaluation, the statement added, and the suspect was taken for additional mental health treatment.

The sheriff's office said the teen was cited for making criminal threats, and that weapons were removed from his residence and retained by the authorities for safekeeping.

(Reporting by Dana Feldman and Daniel Wallis; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (3)
runfast3 wrote:
Copycat Copycat If the media would stop making these killers heros some of this BS would stop.

Jun 13, 2014 12:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

Don’t forget Obama. How else can a suicidal person get recongition from the US President? Every expert has told the media to stop sensationalizing these events. The media and our President is part of the school shooting problem, and completely ignore all calls for them to quit contributing to the problem.

Jun 14, 2014 3:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:
Yep, good thinking, geniuses.

Everyone knows we never had school shootings in America before that Marxist, Kenyan Muslim Obama got elected.

And if the liberal lame-stream media didn’t report any gun violence there wouldn’t be any gun violence.

Then we could all just watch TV and read the newspaper in total ignorant bliss, because we all know it’s really the liberal lame-stream media and Obama who are responsible for the gun violence.

Jun 14, 2014 5:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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