SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Mt. Carmel High School student was arrested Thursday after police said he threatened himself and other students with a screwdriver.
Shortly after 7:30 a.m., San Diego police officers were sent to the campus at 9550 Carmel Mountain Rd. after receiving reports of a male student “making suicidal threats.”
According to SDPD officials, the student entered the school’s theater and threatened classmates as he held a screwdriver. At one point, the screwdriver-wielding student chased other students in the theater.
One school staffer who helped stop the student from going after classmates suffered a minor hand injury during the confrontation.
Students were evacuated from the theater and the school was locked down as officers arrived at the campus.
With the student contained in the theater, police detained him and took him into custody.
No students were injured during the ordeal. The campus was removed from its secured campus mode just before 10 a.m.
Poway Unified School District officials said parents were allowed to pick up their students early if they wished.
UPDATE: We will be released from secure campus at 9:55am. All students wishing to remain at school are encouraged to do so. At 10:10am, we will open parking lot for any families wishing to pick up their students. Please do not call school. Staff busy with situation. Thank you
— Poway Unified (@PowayUnified) January 17, 2019
SDPD officials the student, whose name and age were not released, faces criminal charges, including making criminal threats and brandishing a weapon.
The student is expected to undergo a psychological evaluation, and police said, “The number and precise charges are being evaluated as the investigation continues.”