Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Los Angeles sheriff's officials brief media on thwarted school attack plot

Los Angeles sheriff's officials brief media on thwarted school attack plot

Marino Chavez said he heard a 17-year-old male student say he was "going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks".

"No, I'm not a hero, just doing my job", he said. The weapons were found in the home unsecured near the loaded magazines, according to the deputy. His name was not released because he is a minor. One of the rifles wasn't registered, which is a felony in California, McDonnell said.

The student was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, and his brother, a 28-year-old Army veteran, was arrested on weapons charges related to the firearms.

When confronted by SC deputies, the student in the photo said he posted it in jest.

"Any time we can get a chance to prevent something like that from happening, we are very relieved", McDonnell said.

Robert Jacobsen, general counsel for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, said Wednesday that the boy didn't like the headphone rule but that school officials don't have any other information about concerns regarding the student.

The alleged planned shooting was set to happen two days after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school by a former student.

Florida's school shooting is the deadliest since 2012, when a shooter opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 students and teachers.

"This is an example of something that could have potentially went down that path, but didn't", he said. "I said, 'Well you can't say those things on a school campus, '" Chavez recalled.

Chavez chose to approach the teen.

The organization says California leads the list of schools that have had an increase in threats.

"He did say that he was just kidding, he did not mean it".

In addition, the incident at El Camino High School last week marked the second serious threat since Valentine's Day, the sheriff said.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School comfort each other as they attend a memorial service in Parkland, Florida, on February 15.

Violent incidents or threats have occurred in 48 of the 50 states so far this school year, according to the network, with 10 states accounting for 48 percent of all the threats and incidents that have occurred so far.

The boy's brother, Barcenas, was booked Tuesday at the sheriff's Norwalk Station on suspicion of possession of an assault weapon, importing high-capacity magazines, possession of high-capacity magazine, not having weapons properly secured, and failure to register a personal handgun.

After confronting the 17-year-old boy, who claimed the statement was a joke, Chavez contacted the authorities and the student's home was searched. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Bellflower Superior Court.

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