SAN DIEGO - A 17-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of threatening a shooting at Torrey Pines High School, a day after a 14-year-old freshman at the school was arrested for allegedly making threatening verbal and written statements toward the campus, police revealed Monday.
Friday's threat, made public by police for the first time Monday morning, involved a juvenile who attends another San Diego County high school but previously attended Torrey Pines, investigators said.
Juvenile-service officers from the SDPD's Northwestern Division were made aware sometime Friday that the unidentified 17-year-old allegedly "made a threat to conduct a shooting at the school," Phillips said. The threats he made were verbal, and there was more than one, police said. Officers immediately launched an investigation that identified the non-student suspect.
"The juvenile was located, a search of his residence was conducted and no firearms were located," Phillips said. "The subject was taken to juvenile hall. The investigation is ongoing."
The student will remain at Juvenile Hall until he is deemed safe to be released to his parents. While in custody he will be psychologically evaluated, police said.
“It makes me sad for the world that we are not safe at school or other places where we assume we will be," a sophomore at the school told FOX 5.
Natalie Anashkin another Torrey Pines student, said felt safe, but some of her friends did not, “Their parents are afraid and keeping them home," she said.
That arrest came a day after a 14-year-old freshman at the school was questioned and later arrested about threats he allegedly made, SDPD public- affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said. After interviewing the 14-year-old about the purported comments, which had led to his suspension from school on Wednesday, juvenile-services officers arrested him on suspicion of issuing criminal threats and took him to juvenile hall for booking.
Both suspects' names were withheld because they are minors, and details on the nature of the alleged threatening statements were not made public.
Police say these threats are no joke. “We take every threat seriously,” said Capt Paul Phillips. “Based on what’s happen throughout the nation, we want to let everyone know including students we take these seriously.”
Several similar threats were made at San Diego-area campuses last week, and about 20 threatening graffiti messages were found scrawled on walls around Rancho Bernardo High School Monday morning. The surge in such incidents has followed the shooting that left 17 people dead on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Thus far, the majority of threats or perceived threats at San Diego County schools have turned out to be unfounded. The pair of threats at TPHS are the only two known to have resulted in arrests.