Authorities lift lockdown at Chula Vista HS: Suspended student's letter prompted campus closure

Student detained shortly after lockdown was lifted

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A suspended student delivered a spiteful letter to his former South Bay high school Friday, prompting a campus lockdown as authorities searched for the teen to make sure he didn't have violence on his mind, police reported.

The 16-year-old dropped off the letter, addressed to one of his former Chula Vista High School teachers, about 8:30 a.m., according to Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thunberg.

Administrators kept all students secured in their classrooms in an abundance of caution while officers searched the campus and examined the letter, which contained no blatantly menacing statements, he said.

"It was more of a hate letter, versus a threat letter," Thunberg said.

The student was not found at the school, and the lockdown was lifted after about an hour.

In the late morning, a campus security officer located the teenager at a downtown mall and took him into custody on unrelated outstanding charges, including vandalism, the lieutenant said. The boy was booked into juvenile hall.

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