A mass shooting planned for Friday at a Southern California high school has been thwarted, after an alert security guard stepped in.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a security guard at El Camino High School in Whittier heard a “disgruntled student” say he was going to bring guns to school with the intent of opening fire on other students.
The security guard called police, and within 45 minutes, sheriff’s deputies were at the student’s home, where they found multiple guns and a significant amount of ammunition.
According to press reports, a 17-year-old male student got into an argument with a teacher who wouldn’t allow him to wear headphones in class.
A 17-year-old boy threatened to bring a firearm to El Camino High School near Whittier on Friday, prompting an investigation by school authorities and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The teen allegedly made the threat while at the continuation high school campus at 14625 Keese Drive, which is in the unincorporated community of South Whittier.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Associated Press that deputies discovered “multiple guns and ammunition” after searching the student’s home.
Robert Jacobsen, general counsel for Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, said a school safety officer heard the disgruntled student threaten to bring a gun to school.
Jacobsen added that when questioned by officials, the student didn’t have a weapon on him.
The student and a teacher had a disagreement because he brought headphones to school, and students are not allowed to have electronic devices out during class time, Jacobsen said.
“It was a threat to come back and bring a gun,” Jacobsen said.
The district sent a team, which included the superintendent, who was already nearby, the director of student and family services, the assistant director of alternative education, a school counselor and a district specialist, to the school to talk to the student. Jacobsen added that law enforcement was notified within 45 minutes of the incident.
Jacobsen said he thought the student had been arrested, but a sheriff’s detective would not confirm whether that had happened as of Tuesday.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell is set to host a news conference Wednesday morning to release further details about the incident and ensuing investigation.
Here is video of the incident from ABC 7 in Whittier.