SHERMAN OAKS (CBS) — A 16-year-old boy could face charges for allegedly threatening to go on a murderous shooting rampage at Notre Dame High School.
The teen was arrested Friday after the school learned of the plot and questioned the student. The Los Angeles Police Department confirms officers confiscated a World War II-era rifle at the time of the boy’s arrest.
He has since been released from police custody, but it’s unclear whether the district attorney’s office will seek charges against him.
Investigators say the boy, whose identity has not been released, is dealing with medical issues and the recent death of his grandmother.
Officials say they will not release information about a motive or the relationship between the boy and his intended targets.
School officials released the following statement on Wednesday:
“On Friday March 2th our administration received reports that one of our students was overheard saying he wanted to harm others on our campus. We immediately called the student out of class and conducted an interview. At that point, even though there was not a weapon on campus and students were never in any immediate danger, we thought it best to report the matter to police. The police responded. They also interviewed the student and took him into custody. The student in question is no longer a student at Notre Dame. We put out an announcement to our students and parents about the incident so that everyone would know that the safety of our students was never in question. Given other tragic incidents that have occurred around the country, we are pleased that this has ended without anyone getting hurt. Please pray for the student involved and his family. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”