San Diego police: Teen accused of threatening shooting at Torrey Pines High School

Posted at 10:50 AM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 14:32:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A 17-year-old boy allegedly threatened to carry out a school shooting at Torrey Pines High School, San Diego police announced Monday.

SDPD Northwestern Division Capt. Paul Phillips said the department's Juvenile Services Team learned of a possible school shooting threat against Torrey Pines High school on Feb. 23 allegedly made by a 17-year-old boy described as a former student.

After an investigation, police were able to identify the boy and placed him in the custody of Juvenile Hall. He could face possible felony charges, Phillips said.

Phillips said the boy is accused of making multiple verbal threats that day.

According to police, no firearms were found after a search of the boy's home but investigators seized the boy's cell phone and computer for further analysis.

The alleged threat came one day after a 14-year-old student was arrested on suspicion of threatening Torrey Pines High School.

Police said the 14-year-old boy was taken into custody on suspicion of making criminal threats. The incident forced the school to cancel its planned "Color War Pep Rally."

Phillips told reporters that they do not believe the cases are connected, but both cases are still under investigation.

"We take every threat seriously. We respond right away. We're not messing around on this stuff; we don't want to let anything slip," Phillips said.

Police said they are asking anyone with information on either case to come forward.