Police Arrest Teen for Allegedly Recruiting Students for a Mass Shooting at a California High School

Police arrested a 16-year-old boy this week after receiving a tip that he was allegedly recruiting students to carry out a mass shooting at a high school in Berkeley, California.

The Berkeley Police Department said in a statement on June 1 that they received a tip on May 21  that the unnamed teenager “had been recruiting other high school students to participate in a mass shooting and/or bombing at Berkeley High School.”

Officers obtained a search warrant for the teen’s residence and found “parts to explosives and assault rifles, several knives, and electronic items” that could be used to create additional weapons.

Authorities also arranged for the City’s Mobile Crisis Team to evaluate the teenager.

The Youth Services Unit took over the investigation.

After the teen turned himself in on May 30, police arrested him on suspicion of possessing destructive device materials and threatening to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury.

The case remains under investigation, the police said.

In a letter to the school community, Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Brent said that they maintained “very close contact” with police during the course of the investigation.

“We are committed to conducting our own separate investigation, within the parameters of our authority as a school district, and as the evidence warrants, pursuing all possible steps, including discipline, that will support student and community safety,” Stephens said.

Stephens also thanked those who reported the alleged threat.

“Speaking up in this instance allowed for the police to intervene in advance of any harm occurring,” Stephens said.

The incident comes in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas where 21 people, including 19 children, died.


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