Poway High Student Arrested for Allegedly Threatening to Bring Guns to School

A ninth grade student reportedly threatened another student, officials said.

Updated 1:56 p.m. Friday with statement sent to parents.

POWAY, CA -- A Poway High School student reportedly made a verbal death threat to another student, Sheriff's Department officials said Friday.

The suspected student also apparently threatened to bring guns to the school. Officials said the threatened student notified his mother who later notified officials Thursday evening.

The suspect—who was identified as a 14-year-old, ninth grade student—was taken into custody without incident and later booked into Juvenile Hall, officials said.

The suspect did not have access to any firearms and there is no indication anyone else was involved in the threats, according to officials.

Poway Unified School District, Poway Sheriff's Station and the Poway Criminal Apprehension Team investigated the matter and plan to submit the case to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office for review and evaluation.

This incident comes just weeks after a 12-year-old Twin Peaks Middle School student was arrested for allegedly planning to shoot nearly two dozen students and his teacher.

Making a terrorist threat is a felony in the State of California, according to officials. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff's Department non-emergency line at 858-513-2800.

The following message, as provided by PUSD officials, was sent to parents Friday morning shortly after a message was sent to school staff:

"Good morning parents, this is Scott Fisher, principal of Poway High calling to share with you information we have received this morning from the Poway Sheriff’s Department. Let me start by reassuring you that all is well and there is no concern for the safety of our students or security of the school, but I want you to be fully informed.

Late yesterday afternoon, we received a report that a Poway High student had made a threat of gun violence against another student.   This was immediately reported to the Sheriff’s Department and they began their investigation. This morning we received a report from the Sheriff’s Department that the student has been taken into custody. Sheriff’s Deputies report that this student was acting alone, and there is no reason to believe any students or staff was ever in danger. To ensure a calm start to the school day, we will have an increased presence of law enforcement at the school.

We take all statements of violence on our campuses very seriously. This is a good example of the entire school community working effectively with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of our students. You are encouraged to speak with your child and encourage them to always report to school staff any concerns.”

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Dave Howard March 01, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Poway! My city! Do you see a pattern emerging?! Let's get into this already!
PowayDave March 01, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I think we are all appalled by this. This close to home is unimaginable. Twice in one month? I think that the kids are going to learn that they are responsible for their actions as well as their declarations. It will probably begin to be careful about what they say.
PowayDave March 01, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I think we are all appalled by this. This close to home is unimaginable. Twice in one month? I think that the kids are going to learn that they are responsible for their actions as well as their declarations. It will probably begin to be careful about what they say.
Gary Vineyard Poway City Council Candidate March 02, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Who are they? I realize that in our liberal world 'they' don't want their little ones identified or offended but MY DAUGHTER GOES THERE and I'd like to know the names officially...it's gonna get out anyways...who are these nutty kids?
Dave Howard March 02, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Oh yes, the system is working correctly. A threat was overheard, reported and investigated. What's sad is that Poway has needlessly lost at least five kids in the past few years, these felony threats seem to be on the rise and we are basking in the glow of the "system working correctly." Root causes... Just sayin'.
Michelle Foreman Freed March 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I think this is a slippery slope, one student says another student threaten to bring a gun to school, though this student doesn't even have access to firearms. There was no written threat or posting on the internet, just one students word against another. SMH this could lead to another form a bullying. Oh I don't like you so I am gonna have you arrested type of mentality. When there is no proof there is suppose to be at least two credible eye witnesses this is a he said she said from how this article is written. Are we really going to live in a fear state where someone with no proof can have anyone arrested just by saying I heard them say they were going to shoot up this place or that place?
Tom Yarnall March 02, 2013 at 06:26 PM
If you literally took every threat, veiled or not, immature children make there would not be many left to teach. I think parents should attempt to indoctrinate their children on political correctness, but will never be able to prevent all experiences like this. I am sure the mother who reported him is proud to have taken a mentally deranged child off the street and caused shame to his family. Why could she not have talked to the family before turning him in? That's what used to happen, but I guess those good old days are gone forever.
Fran March 02, 2013 at 09:19 PM
They can't identify them because they are a minor. It's not a "liberal" or "conservative" issue. The identity of minors is protected by law. It's like law 101. Sheesh. Glad we didn't elect you to anything.
Clinton March 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
How stupid...
Clinton March 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I agree with you.
Clinton March 02, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Are you stupid or what?
Tom Yarnall March 02, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Clinton, I am impressed with the depth and breadth of you comments. BTW, when you want to say something to a person you should name that person in the response. For example, It is unknown whether your previous intellectual comment was directed to Gary or Fran. Putting it in your words "Are you stupid or what?"


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