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Bonsall High student arrested after making shooting threats, sheriff's department says

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Bonsall High School student earlier this week after being told by school administrators that the student had a firearm on campus, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

School officials reported a male student possibly in possession of a gun to the sheriff’s department around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to sheriff’s Lt. Ricardo Lopez.

Deputies who responded to the school obtained further information “that the suspect had made specific threats to commit a shooting at a planned school event in the near future,” Lopez said.

After investigating the suspect, deputies came to the conclusion that the threats were substantiated.

The student was taken into custody and all firearms were removed from his home as a precaution, Lopez said. No other weapons were found in the suspect’s possession or on campus.

Lopez said a second student was identified as possibly being involved Thursday, but deputies were able to determine those claims were unfounded.

News of the investigation came on the same day that a student at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, shot two fellow students to death and injured three others on school grounds before turning his weapon on himself. The suspect in that shooting died of his self-inflicted injury on Friday.


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