School Security Guard Thwarts Copycat Shooting, Cops Seize 2 AR-15s

AndrewBlake

A school security guard overheard a student threatening to shoot up the school and reported it to police.

​Whittier, CA – An El Camino High School student was arrested after a school security guard reported overhearing the teenager’s threat of a school shooting to police.

Police have credited security guard Marino Chavez for possibly preventing a copycat, Florida-type school massacre.

On Feb. 16, Chavez overheard a 17-year-old student say that he was “going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks,” and reported it to authorities, according to The Independent.

The teenager made his comments just two days after 17 people were killed by a teenage gunman in a Florida school shooting.

Chavez said he initially confronted the teenager about his comment, and the student told him he was just kidding and did not mean it.

The student, who police said had an extensive disciplinary record at the school, was apparently angry a teacher told him he could not wear headphones in the classroom, he said.

Police searched the teenager’s home, and while they didn’t uncover an actual plot to shoot up El Camino High School, the search was not in vain.

Officers found two AR-15 rifles, 90 "high capacity" magazines, and two handguns during their search, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

Police arrested the student for making a criminal threat, and Sheriff McDonnell said he was being held without bail, The Washington Post reported.

The sheriff said the incident demonstrated that police need to treat every threat seriously.

“This is an example of something that could have potentially went down that path, but didn’t,” he said. “As we see these incidents occur one after another, we’re all looking to say how do we stop this?”

Police said the guns belonged to the student’s 28-year-old brother, Daniel Barcenas, who said he purchased the weapons while serving in the Army in Texas, according to The Washington Post.

One of the AR-15 rifles was not registered, which is a felony in California, police said.

Barcenas was charged with five felonies, including possession of an assault weapon and bringing high-capacity magazines from Texas, Sheriff McDonnell said.

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bronx163
bronx163

Time to federalize school security with feds.
Use federal protective services Police Officers to man and patrol schools nation wide and hire retiring cops and military to fill positions.

Angie. Land
Angie. Land

Good job

DOUGLASCAHILL001
DOUGLASCAHILL001

At least these CA cops didn't ignore this! Thank the Good Lord.

dujaa74
dujaa74

REALLY? I call bull Crap! Unconstitutional #PrecrimeAbuse: Actually this story does not smell right? Did not sound like a credible threat at all. Sounds more like Gun Grabbing CA Liberals had a field day stripping some poor patriot & U.S. Veteran of his #2A Rights? #MSM #CNN much? LL #2A - #OATH

dujaa74
dujaa74

"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."

  • Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@dujaa74
Your issue lies with the Republican party, and Ronald Reagan specifically. He ushered in California gun laws because he was afraid of black folk with guns.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn got any reference for that? I'm sure I'm going to love this. Can't tag you any better than this.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
I'll answer your question with another question. Why else did J Edgar Hoover and Ronald Reagan create an assault weapons ban for only california?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
Here's a hint. Google the Mulford Act and why it was enacted.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn I believe the law you are talking about was written and approved by mostly democrats.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn They had a bunch of yahoos running around with guns threatening people because they not liking the police.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn Bobby Seale. Seize the Time:

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
Wrong. Hoover and Reagan were both staunch republicans. Further, they were policing their own neighborhoods and watching cops to prevent harassment.

b1rd
b1rd

Wrong LOL They were crooks

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd Reagan was scared, and allowed the weapons ban to run his state. Funny how he's considered one of they best Republicans ever.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn so you like republicans now?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn refer to who wrote the bill and who had the most to do with passing it.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn by the way, hows it going with Swiss laws ??

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
A bunch of scared white people from both sides wrote it. But it was chaired and named after a republican, and another Republican signed it into law.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd what reason would a "God n Guns" Republican sign a bill banning guns?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn LOL you're funny tinman.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd I know. Why would a staunch Republican sign a gun ban into law? (much like Trump will eventually do in some fashion)

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn just because you think white people are afraid of black people don't make it so. Keep leaning on your crutch.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn is that why your business isn't doing so well?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn stop going to the VA and see a real shrink.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd I see you're having a hard time with this. I'll get you some help.

@bronx163 why would a staunch Republican governor sign an anti weapons ban into law?

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn no trouble here. I ain't seein no ghosts..

bronx163
bronx163

Told you Reagan and fbi in late 60s were at issue with black revoloutionaries. And Swazenager is no republican.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Ah okay, thanks for the answer. I have a follow up... Do you, like a lot of baby boomer republicans, consider Reagan one of the greatest presidents of all time, even though he went against his forming principles when he was governor?

I'm not being facetious,I'm asking to get your thought process.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
And Arnold is a Republican, and was also a pretty decent governor.

bronx163
bronx163

Over all he was best for the country. He did what was necessary at the time for california with the country on fire. And the 1986 anti machine gun law, well really commonsense. No one should have a fully automatic belt fed m60.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn For some reason you seem to think gun laws only affect certain races. Why is that?

bronx163
bronx163

He was an actor of a politician.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Alright. I will add though that the black panthers weren't all carrying around m60s. They mostly had AKs and ARs, which were targeted under the ban.

bronx163
bronx163

Not talking about them.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Reagan or Schwarz? They both were.

bronx163
bronx163

Arnold

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

They were both actor-politicians,but that's not a hill I want to die on. Thx for your input.

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

So many cannot be an coincidence. someone is behind all this

Grog
Grog

Aren't AR-15s banned in California? WTF is wrong with these kids???

Trump
Trump
b1rd
b1rd

Good catch. At least someone was paying attention, in both cases, and something was done. I hope people take notice and this kind of thought process stops.


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