veryone at South Pasadena High School is breathing a sigh of relief today as two students were arrested after it was discovered that they had planned to conduct a mass school shooting. Police Detectives received information about the plot from school officials. According to the police department’s news release, the two students were going to:
“kill 3 staff members and as many students as possible with firearms,”
Police detectives took the report seriously and served warrants to the homes of both suspected students. Upon searching the homes, enough evidence was found that linked the suspects to the potential school shooting, and each student was arrested. One of the boys went willingly with the officers and the other attempted to flee, although he was quickly apprehended.
Sgt. Brian Solinsky, of the Pasadena Police Department commended the staff of South Pasadena High School for reporting the potential school shooting.
“This is a prime example of school officials recognizing suspicious behavior. It was this information that helped prevent a horrific tragedy,”
Although the students were apprehended prior to the potential school shooting, many students tweeted their concern over the threats and thanked the police department for their fast response to the issue, especially with school starting on Thursday. The Staff at South Pasadena High School has ensured that psychologists and counselors will be present for students and staff to talk to, if the need arises. The Superintendent of the South Pasadena Unified School District also sent a letter home to parents and students to report the situation.