Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
February 1, 2018

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division are continuing their investigation into several high school student(s) who posted threatening and derogatory comments directed at female students on a private internet chat room. The comments are vulgar and may rise to the level of criminal threats. A disturbing video was posted as well.

Sheriff’s detectives obtained and executed three search warrants related to this investigation. Pursuant to those warrants, detectives seized items of evidence for examination by the Sheriff’s High Tech Crimes Unit. The facts relevant to this case, along with all appropriate evidence, will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for further review to determine if criminal prosecution is warranted. Sheriff’s detectives have determined that none of the involved students is in possession of nor do they have access to functioning firearms or dangerous devices.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently interviewing everyone involved in this matter. Currently, Sheriff’s detectives do not believe there is any immediate threat to anyone at school or in the community. We are working closely with the school administration to bring this matter to appropriate resolution. The safety and welfare of the students is our highest priority.


Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
January 25, 2018

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating concerning posts and a video discovered on a private internet chatroom. The posts were brought to the attention of San Marcos High School staff on January 19, 2018 following a minimum day of school. School administrators immediately reported the case to the Sheriff’s Office who then began an investigation.

The investigation revealed a group of male students listed a group of high school female students and posted derogatory and vulgar descriptions about the women. There was also a threatening video created by a male student with what appeared to be an antique musket. While the video is disturbing in nature, it did not specifically target any particular student or the high school. It was determined there was not an immediate threat to the students or the school. The school notified the families of the female students included in the posts.

The Sheriff’s Office worked closely with school administrators to identify the group of students responsible for creating the posts and the student who made the video. The first day school was in session since the discovery of the posts, on January 22, 2018, the students responsible were contacted upon arrival to school and action was taken by the Santa Barbara Unified School District.

The case is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division.

San Marcos parents react to violent social media video

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a-1519579888 Feb 05, 2018 03:43 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Great news! Glad something was done. In this day and age, even high school-aged kids know not to make threats with guns and knives like this. They were dumb, got caught, and now are hopefully in trouble and expelled. Shame on those who insisted that this was not a big deal. I think the parents of those girls would disagree!

a-1519579888 Feb 02, 2018 10:42 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Hate to break it to you, but it's not up to the "people" to judge for themselves whether these parents should be concerned about their children's safety. The SBSO is investigating and working with the DA to determine what charges, if any, are warranted given the facts. Then, if this goes to a jury trial, the "people" can determine the facts, not the law, that's still up to the judge. You know, the guy/gal who went to law school, passed the Bar and has worked for years in trial law......

Flicka Feb 02, 2018 09:05 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

If someone makes verbal threats against the president of the U.S. the FBI is on them immediately. No "freedom of speech" arguments. These brats need to be tossed out of school.

GeneralTree Feb 01, 2018 08:23 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Criminal threats of violence are a crime. Now that search warrants have been serves we are likely to see arrests. I think it is likely these boys will spend some time up on the hill at the boys camp as well as being expelled. The video is disgusting. I am glad their behavior could be brought to light before they hurt someone.

Ducky Jan 26, 2018 09:13 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Any charges filed, yet? Nope, didn’t think so. You resort to nasty name calling and questioning someone’s ability to parent, to downvoting and exclusion when you have no real argument. Show us the video and where in the video these “violent threats” were made. Thus far, you’ve all proven yourselves to be nothing but irrational, tyrannical babies.

a-1519579888 Jan 26, 2018 10:38 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

OK, I think I see where the confusion is. Ducky, have you read the story on KEYT? Here's the link: http://www.keyt.com/news/san-marcos-parents-react-to-violent-social-media-video-1/690857959 - "The concerned mother says her daughter was one of 16 San Marcos High School female students addressed in a series of posts in a private chat room created by a group of boys at the same school." - So, although the Edhat article says no one was specifically targeted in the VIDEO, one of the mothers said her daughter, and 15 others, were targeted in a social media post by the same kids that did the video. So, maybe that helps bring some of our concerns to light for you. The main thing is, we should not be taking things like this lightly, especially given our own local violent past thanks to monsters like Elliot Rodgers and David Attias. Make more sense now?

sacjon Jan 26, 2018 09:28 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Ducky - Sorry for calling you a "dipwad," but seriously... how can you get so ruffled about parents being concerned for their children's safety? Specific girls where mentioned in this video, how would you feel as a parent of one of these girls? Honestly. People's "argument" against you is simply to accept and stop belittling the feelings of concern that these parents have. Is that too much to ask? It's hard to understand what your deal is here.....

a-1519579888 Jan 26, 2018 09:23 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Ducky - have you confirmed with the SBSO and the DA that no charges have been filed? Remember, these are juveniles, so the publicity of their legal actions are not as readily available as adults. Glad you're feeling boastful and proud of yourself, but give us a confirmation before beating your chest and feigning insult.

pii Jan 26, 2018 08:40 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

It is a dangerous goal to make the world to be totally safe. If one of those girls was mine, I'd want to break some noses. I also know that my personal wants/needs/desires are not what is best public policy.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 06:30 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

A couple of years ago another kid posted a creepy video and got expelled. That kid wentoon to college to study video production, I recall. This new video is orders of magnitude worse, and so far, no expulsions.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 01:39 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Roger - that's not the point. It's about people who think this is no big deal. Those who think this is nothing to worry about are most likely not parents. Ducky, in particular, is almost defending this action as free speech and not that big a deal. Therefore, he/she/it is likely not a parent and should not be commenting to parents saying they shouldn't be upset. Comment away, Roger, but please don't try to tell parents of high school age kids that a very specific threat like this, targeted towards specific, named, individuals is nothing to be concerned about.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 01:17 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What kind of sick POCrap do you have to be to "down vote" comments that are upset by those (Ducky) who are saying nothing is wrong here and a musket can't really "take out" that many kids? I hope all you downvoters are childless, and remain so!

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 12:59 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

DUCKY - how many kids need to be shot/stabbed by an antique musket to make this a concern? It's not about how many can be "taken out" by a musket on a video, it's that specific people were the target of this specific threat and the school needs to protect those being threatened. How freaking difficult is this for you to understand???

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 12:41 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

With all the school shootings that have gone down, and the monday morning quarterbacking, realizing the signs were there - it's sad to me that these boy's may have rights and could be protected, and that parents have to wait until they actually do something - at which point it will be too late. Writing is on the wall with each of these kids so if nothing is done, whoever fails to act has blood on their hands.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 12:47 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

EXACTLY (to whoever posted Jan 25, 2018 12:41 PM)! It is inexcusable that this is treated so lightly given the specific threats to specific people! It makes me sick that anyone would even try to defend this (DUCKY). These kids need to be locked up until the threat (as specific as it was) is neutralized. These poor girls should not have to attend class and should be protected until it is! Shame on the SBUSD!

420722 Jan 25, 2018 11:32 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Thank you Nicholas for having a brain in this discussion! I can’t believe some don’t think this is serious. I guess because their daughters aren’t in the video it’s really not important. I’m so sad that these boys felt the need to make this video. They need help as something is clearly wrong with their heads.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 10:10 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What is wrong with this school? Last week we had drunken homeless people bursting into classrooms terrorizing students. The school let them in to the red cross evacuation shelter when they were self evidently NOT evacuees. And now it is clear they have tried to sweep this appalling video under the carpet for the last 6 days. I am so grateful that parents finally took this to the media after their concerns were ignored by the school.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 01:42 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

To the repeat commenter: media bias is NOT saying that the media spins things. I encourage you to research the actual definition, I was not saying this was misreported or not a big deal in any way, shape, or form.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 12:55 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What on earth does this have to do with media bias? This HAPPENED at my daughter's school EXACTLY as reported by KEYT. My daughter and many of her female friends are terrified by this sick video. And as far as violent crimes...there was a school shooting yesterday!

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 12:55 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What on earth does this have to do with media bias? This HAPPENED at my daughter's school EXACTLY as reported by KEYT. My daughter and many of her female friends are terrified by this sick video. And as far as violent crimes...there was a school shooting yesterday!

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 12:56 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What on earth does this have to do with media bias? This HAPPENED at my daughter's school EXACTLY as reported by KEYT. My daughter and many of her female friends are terrified by this sick video. And as far as violent crimes...there was a school shooting yesterday!

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 01:03 PM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What on earth does this have to do with media bias? This HAPPENED at my daughter's school EXACTLY as reported by KEYT. My daughter and many of her female friends are terrified by this sick video. And as far as violent crimes...there was a school shooting yesterday!

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 11:25 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Inappropriate things of all nature happen every year at every high school. It's a matter of whether it hits the media or not. Media bias is very real and can make it feel like things are "worse than ever" - in reality, violent crime rates are at an all time low across the country (for the most part). It is concerning, but never forget that you are looking through the eyes of the media.

Ducky Jan 25, 2018 09:55 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

SBUSD is on a very slippery slope, as far as I’m concerned and heading toward out of control. What me or my child does on their private electronics and off school hours is NONE of their business. Period. I’m not even involved in this particular snafu of theirs and I’m considering contacting the ACLU.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 11:45 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Wow the fact that you would not even be concerned at this and wanting your child's stuff private even this type of stuff is worrisome, and worries me that you even have children.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 11:45 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Wow the fact that you would not even be concerned at this and wanting your child's stuff private even this type of stuff is worrisome, and worries me that you even have children.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 11:45 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Wow the fact that you would not even be concerned at this and wanting your child's stuff private even this type of stuff is worrisome, and worries me that you even have children.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 11:26 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Suspending a student pending a sheriff's investigation is normal. If it is concluded no crime was committed, the students should absolutely have the suspension removed from their record. Otherwise, I see nothing wrong here.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 10:48 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

This goes beyond 1st Amendment issues if they are naming individual targets of violence. Not sure this is protected, and damn sure the school should have taken action quicker than this! This is atrocious!

nicholas Jan 25, 2018 10:06 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

What are we supposed to do? What until these jerks make good on their threats? My daughter is terrified and has just called me in tears. My husband is picking her up from school right now as she does not feel safe. Threating to kill people is a crime. It is not a first amendment issue.

a-1519579888 Jan 25, 2018 09:30 AM
Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video

Anyone been watching that new show "Undercover High"? Young adults go undercover in a high school on camera. They also had a fb group where boys were making derogatory and sexually threatening comments about specific female classmates. It's disgusting how common this apparently is.

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