Close Call: Los Angeles Student Arrested After Classmates Report School Shooting Threats

Authorities found an AR-15, 100 rounds of ammunition, a school map and hit list at the suspect’s home.

Close Call: Los Angeles Student Arrested After Classmates Report School Shooting Threats

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department arrested a 13-year-old male student after several of his classmates overheard him saying on Thursday that a school shooting would take place on Friday.

Students at Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School reported what they heard to their teachers, who immediately notified law enforcement, reports KABC.

Deputies then searched the boy’s home, where they found an unregistered AR-15 rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition, reports Fox 5. They also found a rudimentary hand-drawn map of the school, as well as a list of names of students and teachers at the school, who were the boy’s intended victims.

The suspect, whose identification has not been released because he’s a minor, was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.

The threat came a little over a week after the Saugus High School mass shooting, where a student gunman fatally shot two students and injured three others before turning the gun on himself. Since the Saugus attack, there have been a rash of threats against schools.

This is the latest case where student tips have prevented a tragedy. On Nov. 15, some students at Gainseville High School near Atlanta found a classmate’s notebook, which included detailed plans to commit mass murder at a predominantly black church. They reported what they found to school counselors who then set the law enforcement investigation process in motion, preventing the potential attack.

In the Animo Mae Jeimson Charter School case, “the fact that people stepped forward to say what they had heard led us to be able to prevent a tragedy today,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva in a press conference.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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