A 17-year-old boy accused of threatening to harm individuals at his Oceanside high school, including a teacher he didn’t like, pleaded not guilty in Juvenile Court on Wednesday to felony and misdemeanor charges.
Judge Aaron Katz denied a request that the teen, who was arrested Friday at Ocean Shores High School, be released to his parents.
The boy entered denials to felony charges of making a criminal threat and threatening a school official, as well as a misdemeanor count of being a minor in possession of ammunition.
During a safety check Friday, the 17-year-old was found to have a empty handgun holster inside his pants and a journal containing articulated threats, Deputy District Attorney Andrija Lopez alleged. Drawings in the journal graphically illustrated how the teen wanted his victims to be killed, the prosecutor alleged.
The minor allegedly wrote that the attack he was planning was to be “bigger than Sandy Hook,” referring to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 children and six adult staffers.
Officers also executed a search warrant at the teen’s home and found handwritten documentation allegedly threatening violence as well as replica guns and body armor in his bedroom, according to police.
A further hearing is scheduled May 22.
— City News Service