SAN DIEGO - A Mount Carmel High student was arrested at the Rancho Penasquitos campus Friday on suspicion of making a bomb threat against his school.
San Diego police took the 15-year-old into custody about 10 a.m., SDPD public-affairs Lt. Kevin Mayer said. The youth, whose name was withheld, was expected to be booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of making a criminal threat, the lieutenant said.
The teen allegedly had made the menacing statement earlier in the week via a written message on a boy's restroom stall door, claiming that an explosion would occur during fifth-period classes this afternoon. The author also threatened to use a glock handgun to shoot survivors.
Though police found no evidence that the threat was valid, officers were sent to the school Friday morning to monitor the day's activities as a precaution, Mayer said.
10News spoke with some students who described what it was like on campus Friday. They said teachers kept classroom doors locked and police were on patrol.
"Oh, they definitely were on edge," one student said. "You can tell."
Ryan Falkenthal told 10News the teen who was taken into custody wrote the threat as a joke.
"I know the guy, he was just, 'Yea, I was in the bathroom, I just wrote this threat on the door,' and I was just like, 'All right, that's kind of stupid,'" said Ryan.