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Student held in criminal threats at Manhattan Beach high school

February 8, 2012 |  4:12 pm

A 16-year-old Mira Costa High School student has been arrested after allegedly making threats against fellow students and staff, Manhattan Beach police and school officials said Wednesday.

Authorities did not disclose the identity of the student because he is a minor, nor did they provide details about the exact nature of the threats, which are still under investigation.

Manhattan Beach police said they arrested the boy after after interviewing "witnesses and the student in question." The boy was booked Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of making criminal threats as well as marijuana possession, police said.

In a letter to Manhattan Beach Unified School District employees and parents, Supt. Michael D. Matthews said the school acted immediately to coordinate with police, and, after interviews with witnesses, the arrest was made.

"As you know, we live in a time where threats of any kind must be taken very seriously," Matthews said. "I have worked in many schools, and the best deterrent to unsafe behavior is a group of students, employees and parents who listen for potential trouble, and are willing to report when a threat arises."


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