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Venice High School student arrested in threats to shoot rival gang members

An 18-year-old Venice High School student and reputed gang member was arrested this afternoon after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot rivals, Los Angeles police said.

The student, who was not identified, was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats at his residence in the Mid-City area about 3 p.m. today police said.

Authorities said students were not in danger and police acted immediately after learning of the threat.

The Oakwood district, which is near Venice High School, has been a flashpoint for gang violence, but the campus has been relatively unaffected except for a few incidents in recent years.

In 2006, Venice High School student Agustin Contreras, 17, was fatally shot on campus as he tried to protect his younger brother.

--Andrew Blankstein

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I grew up in a time when this nation had "freedom of speech" and the philosophy of "sticks and stones may breake my bones,but words can never hurt me".At this rate,if someone says "I am going to kill myself" they will be immedietly incarcerated.To prevent that "crime" from occuring.If that person resists the arrest,they will be killed and it will be called "suicide by cop".Iether way the outcome is the same.

RE: davidozone

A threat is not protected free speech. And this gangster's threat may not be as idle as as you remembered back in the day. It's a shame, but this is the reality NOW.

It should be pointed out however, that the fatal shooting of Contreras was not gang related though the shooter himself was in a gang. Instead, Contreras was shot when he tried to protect his younger brother, after the shooter attempted to steal a chain necklace.


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