Police swarm school after student chases classmates with screwdriver

SAN DIEGO -- Administrators locked down Mount Carmel High School Thursday morning after a student with a screwdriver threatened to hurt others.

The young man had reportedly been chasing students with the screwdriver until staff members confronted him and stopped him, San Diego Police Lt. Brent Williams said. A staff member suffered a minor hand injury while stopping the student.

The school sent a message to students, staff and families shortly after 8 a.m., saying that police had been called to the campus in Rancho Peñasquitos, but everyone on the campus was safe. The student with the screwdriver was isolated in the school theater, the message said.


Officers arrived at the campus, found the student in the school's auditorium and took him into custody around 8:05 a.m., SDPD public affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. The teen was being held for a psychological evaluation and could face several charges including making criminal threats and brandishing a weapon.

By 10 a.m., officials had reopened campus and were allowing parents to pick up their students. Parents wishing to pick up their children were advised to arrive at the gates at the front of the school, where they would be taken to the attendance office in small groups.

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