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[UPDATE: April 22, 2015]

It has been confirmed that student names were included in a threatening email sent to a Dos Pueblos teacher and administrator which resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old freshman boy on campus Friday. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover could not say in what context the names were used, but confirmed that those students have been notified.

“Due to the investigation we are not releasing further details regarding the content of the e-mails other than the fact they were considered threatening in nature,” said Hoover in an email.

Though rumors were circulating that the student had a weapon at the time of his arrest, Hoover said the boy was not in possession of a weapon.

More than five detectives and several patrol deputies responded to the incident in addition to School Resource Deputy George Hedricks, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

 

[ORIGINAL STORY]

A 15-year-old Dos Pueblos student was arrested yesterday after school officials and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department identified him as the alleged source of criminal threats sent electronically to one DP teacher and a DP administrator. Due to his status as a minor, his name and other details are not being released.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office, the student sent several emails around 10 a.m., and was arrested with the help of Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy George Hedricks soon after being identified. The Criminal Investigations Division was also dispatched to the scene. The student has since been transported to the County Juvenile Detention Center in Santa Maria.

Criminal threats are defined as “specific and unequivocal” threats of physical harm or death that place the subject in fear for his or her safety.

“The plans and protocols we had in place to respond [when] situations like this one arise all played out perfectly,” said Principal Shawn Carey. “As the principal of this administration, it’s satisfying and reassuring to see [them] executed appropriately and effectively.”

While Carey said she could not release the details of the threats, the student’s motive, or names of the parties involved, she did say that the arrest was carried out rapidly and that students were not endangered at any point during the process.

She said that “every other function of the school goes on hold” until students’ safety is assured.

“Our staff and school resource officer did an excellent job today and I am very proud of their efforts,” said Superintendent David Cash in the press release. “In times such as this, I am reminded of the vital role of the school resource officer.”

“This highly trained officer is well-known to students, works closely with the staff, is very familiar with the layout of the campus, and is an invaluable asset to our school community.”

The student was identified within 30 minutes of  the emails’ delivery, according to the press release.

Senior Marcelo Chacon said he was wasn’t really surprised to hear the news.

“There’s people at this school who act ‘gangster’ and will, you know, say empty threats,” he said.

Available information does not indicate involvement in gang activity.

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  1. Catherine Oliverio on April 18th, 2015 6:30 AM

    Kudos to Deputy Hedricks, Principal Carey and the DP staff, for excellent work in keeping our school safe! As a parent and an educator, I am most grateful.

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