Teenager in Berkeley, California tried to enlist for school shooting, police say

Teenager in Berkeley, California tried to enlist for school shooting, police say

A California teen has been busted for trying to get other students involved in a mass shooting or bombing of a high school, police said.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that the 16-year-old suspect, who had not been publicly identified, surrendered to police on Monday after a tip-off on May 21 that he had killed other high school students in an attack at Berkeley High School. Attempts were made to recruit the students of the school.

Police said a subsequent search of the juvenile’s residence revealed an assault rifle, several knives and “electronic items” along with explosive devices that could be used to make other weapons.

The 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing perishable equipment material and threatening to commit a crime that could result in death or major bodily injury.

“We recognize the impact this news has had on our community,” department officials said. “School safety remains a high priority for the department.”

Nation World News reported that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case because the suspect is a juvenile.

Berkeley Public Schools released a statement Wednesday on the alleged conspiracy, saying the suspect “did not pose an immediate threat” to the high school.

Superintendent Brent Stephens said, “We as a school district are committed to conducting our separate investigation within the standards of our authority, and as evidence warrants, to take all possible steps, including discipline, that can affect student and community health.” Will support security.” ,

Stephens also thanked the tipsters who reported the threat and said that on Thursday, counselors would be made available to anyone in need throughout the district.

“Speaking in the matter allows the police to intervene before any damage is caused,” the superintendent said.

It is not clear how many students the suspect tried to recruit. Berkeley police said Wednesday that the investigation into the alleged recruitment is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín described the threat as “disturbing”, KRON reported.

“As the country continues to reel from a horrific school shooting, it was disturbing to hear that a similar plot was being planned at Berkeley High School, which was ultimately foiled,” Arregin said. “I am grateful to the Berkeley Police Department for their thorough investigation and for the students who spoke up to raise the alarm.”

The juvenile arrest comes a week after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24.

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