'Disgruntled student' allegedly overheard threatening to shoot at school: Sheriff

School in Whittier Calif. where a security guard allegedly overheard a disgruntled student threatening to shoot at the school

The investigation began after the 17-year-old suspect was asked to remove his headphones and made the threat against El Camino High School, a school official said.

The threat came just two days after a former student opened fire and killed 17 students and faculty at a Florida high school.

- A student who got into an argument with a teacher at a South Whittier high school over a set of headphones in class allegedly threatened to "shoot up the campus, " leading to a search of the student's home and the discovery of a cache of weapons, authorities said Wednesday.

A security officer on Friday heard the teen "say that he was going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks", Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a news conference. Law enforcement were notified a short time later, according to the Whittier Daily News.


Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told the Associated Press deputies discovered "multiple guns and ammunition" after searching the student's home. The teenager was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Robert Jacobsen, general counsel for Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, told the Whittier Daily News that the student didn't have a weapon on him or at school.

Jacobsen said he thought the student had been arrested, but a sheriff's detective would not confirm whether that had happened as of Tuesday.

"We will remain vigilant in our efforts to make sure that we are doing everything possible when it comes to safety and security for our entire school community", she said. Other authorities, including the two arresting deputies, school district officials and the security officer are also slated to be there.

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