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Carlsbad schools briefly locked down after email threat

September 30, 2011 | 12:58 pm

Brendan O'Rourke
Schools in the northern San Diego County city of Carlsbad were briefly locked down Friday after officials received an email interpreted as a threat of violence at one of the schools.

The threat was quickly investigated and found to not be credible.

The lockdown was in place from 11:12 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., officials said.

Kelly Elementary School, where a man jumped a fence on Oct. 8, 2010 during lunch hour and began firing a gun randomly before being tackled by construction workers, is part of the Carlsbad school district. Two girls were wounded.

Brendan O'Rourke, 41, an unemployed security guard with no connection to the school, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to attempted murder charges. His trial is set to begin next week.


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Photo: Brendan O'Rourke in court last October. Credit: Charlie Neuman / San Diego Union-Tribune