Weapons Found After School Safety Officer Helps Thwart Alleged School Shooting Plot at High School in Whittier Area: Sheriff February 21, 2018, by Tracy Bloom, Eric Spillman and Steve Kuzj
A recent threat to commit a shooting at El Camino High School in South Whittier was thwarted thanks to a safety officer who overheard the "disgruntled" student and alerted authorities, and a cache of weapons was found at the teen's home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.
The incident took place last Friday, just two days after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead.
Deputies from the Norwalk Sheriff's Station responded to the high school, located at 14625 Keese Drive, to investigate a criminal threats call, a news release from the department stated.
When they arrived, deputies learned a school security officer overheard the student "threaten the occurrence of a shooting at the school," the release read.