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Simi Valley High student in custody for alleged terrorist threats

A 16-year-old student from Simi Valley High School was in juvenile custody Friday after allegedly threatening to "shoot up the school" and kill classmates he didn't like, a city police spokesman said.

The teenager is being held at Ventura County Juvenile Hall and is not being identified because of his age, said Sgt. Ritchie Lew of the Simi Valley Police Department.

The department's school resource officer was dispatched to the high school Thursday afternoon after an 18-year-old male alerted police that the boy had threatened to open fire on the campus and fellow students.

Witnesses corroborated the 18-year-old's account, although the suspect, when contacted at the school, denied the allegations, Lew said.

"It was determined his father owned several firearms but the suspect did not have immediate access to them, nor was he in possession of any weapons at the time of his arrest," Lew said.

The Ventura County district attorney's office was weighing how to proceed against the teenager arrested "for making terrorist threats," Lew said.

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