BARSTOW – A 14-year-old Barstow S.T.E.M. Academy student was arrested for making comments about doing a school shooting. At around 12:30 p.m. on March 9, 2018, the school principal reported the comments to the School Resource Officer. The principal interviewed a student witness who confirmed she heard the threats about the school shooting. Numerous other student and parents were interviewed.
Through investigation, it was learned that the student suspect had a sketched map of certain areas of the school and written statements about shooting students who attend the school. Although, detectives and officers were unable to find the map they were able to find other evidence to corroborate the reports of the threats made by the suspect. During a search of the suspect’s home, a firearm owned by his grandfather was seized by authorities. The male juvenile was arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County High Desert Juvenile Hall in Apple Valley, CA. for Criminal Threats.
Anyone with information about this investigation may contact Detective Peter D’Andrea at 760-255-5187 or the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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