Search Warrants Issued After Disturbing Internet Video
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.