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Student Arrested on Suspicion of Criminal Threats

Students and staff at Peninsula High School were not in danger, according to principal Mitzi Cress.

A student from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of making criminal threats based on some statements written in a journal, authorities said.

According to Lt. John Wolak of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lomita Station, no guns or other weapons were recovered from the student, who was only publicly identified as an 18-year-old male.

"Right now, it's just a verbal and written threat (with) nothing to really back it up," Wolak told Patch.

Administrators notified the sheriff's station after a teacher discovered "disturbing things" written as part of a class assignment, Wolak said.

"(Students) kept a journal, and in the journal, he had written some disturbing things that a teacher noticed and reported to the administration," he said.

In an email sent to the Peninsula High School community, principal Mitzi Cress called any measures taken "precautionary."

"At no time were students or staff in danger, and there were no weapons on campus," she wrote. "Thanks to our campus security, Lomita Sheriff and Peninsula staff, the situation was handled immediately."

robin January 18, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I have no good things to say about Pen......
Walter donahue January 18, 2013 at 02:58 AM
The students at peninsula are very polite, and the parents are very involved. When students write comments to hurt others, they have personal emotional problems . I hope he gets counseling to resolve his emotional/anger problems. There are a lot of students who go on and never get help, and the crisis only escalates. We as a society need to spend more times with our children/young adults. The more involved the parents are the more they can identify a problem with their children. Talk to them and get them help if they need it. There is no shame In getting counseling. It will prevent bigger problems in the future.
Jill Verenkoff January 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Bravo to the teacher and the principal, Ms. Cress, who were proactive in this unfortunate situation. We must train ourselves not to ignore those who are troubled and alienated. Jill
mintra wilson January 18, 2013 at 08:40 PM
WIth the climate as depicted in the news and around us, we can never be too careful. Behavioral Health Care is crucial. We need to help our children realize that any form of threats are unacceptable. M. Wilson

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