Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Seven juveniles have been arrested for a series of assaults that occurred on the San Marcos High School campus. On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, School Resource Deputy (SRD) Hampton was notified by San Marcos High School (SMHS) administrators of videos depicting assaults that occurred on their campus.

Through his investigation, that was in cooperation with SMHS administration, SRD Hampton learned that a juvenile student had been seriously injured in a series of attacks by numerous students. Specific information about the assaults and the injuries sustained by the victim are not yet available for release. Today, Sheriff’s deputies and detectives arrested seven male juveniles for felony charges including assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, and conspiracy. One juvenile was released to his guardians and the remaining six were transported to the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall where they will be booked.

This investigation remains ongoing and will be handled by detectives. Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau at (805) 681-4150. To leave anonymous information, you can call the tip line at (805)681-4171 or submit information online at sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip.

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a-1636975864 Nov 15, 2021 03:31 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

Great idea, let's keep armed cops with disciplinary problems (that's who typically get these positions) hovering around and intimidating and threatening kids with arrest while they're trying to learn..

Officer Hunter - the SRD when I attended DP - harassed a damn lot of kids, routinely subjecting them to the same harsh tactics they use on hardened criminals, even for just minor school policy violations. He even got sued because he kidnapped a kid from campus, left him in a van for hours at a park away from the school, and wouldn't let him contact his parents/a lawyer/the school. And he kept his position..

Not saying there shouldn't be a cop nearby for when they're really needed - for sexual assaults, violent gang activity/bullying, etc. - but having them hanging around like a vulture staring down kids eating lunch in the greek every day is not conducive to a positive learning/growth environment.

d8vanilla Nov 10, 2021 07:35 PM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

at JB86 - Why were the suspects transported to Santa Maria juvie????..... My guesses.... Maybe, the jails / facilities in SB are full..... OR, maybe, Covid is a factor.....or maybe, some of the punks have connections to Santa Maria... like their family lives there???? or.........

Blue Onion Nov 10, 2021 10:28 PM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

LP is an alternative to conventional juvenile detainment for CONVICTED juveniles, usually long term stays, as if offers education, life skills programs... What (was) the Juvenile Hall next to the Page Center was closed many years ago.

JB86 Nov 11, 2021 12:08 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

D8vanilla seems like edney has the answer, nothing unusual about it, apparently. I think it was good the cops were all over it and wrapped it up relatively quickly. In my view, having the SRD on site is a very good thing. I know it has helped a lot at DPHS, a block from where I live. Emergency response is quicker, intervention is faster when students act up/out, and medical responses are expedited. All good.

edney Nov 10, 2021 08:29 PM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

The old juvenile hall on Hollister only houses juveniles during their court appearances in Santa Barbara.
All juveniles are now transported to the newer Susan J. Gionfriddo Facility in Santa Maria.
The old Juvenile Hall property is used by Probation

SB_TAHOE Nov 11, 2021 08:39 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

The student that was seriously injured…did they seek/receive medical attention? Is that how the SRD/Admin became aware of the attacks and thus reviewed the security camera recordings? Or did the parents/guardians of the injured student report the incidents? I have some questions!

SoCalMommy Nov 11, 2021 04:38 PM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

And after tomorrow, the SRO will no longer be on campus thanks to the SBUSD School Board's recent decision not to re-up the contract with the Sheriff. Please contact the Board and demand that they keep our campuses safe for our kids:

Superintendent Hilda Maldonado: hmaldonado@sbunified.org
President Kate Ford: kford@sbunified.org
Rose Munoz, Vice President: rmunoz@sbunified.org
Wendy Simms-Moten, Clerk: wsims-moten@sbunified.org
Virginia Alvarez, member: valvarez@sbunified.org
Laura Capps, Board member: LCapps@sbunified.org

mtndriver Nov 11, 2021 05:32 PM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

SOCALMOMMY--I don't see how the officer kept anyone safe in this instance. He's just investigating after the crimes have been committed, he didn't prevent anything. If there had been no SRO on campus, there would still be an investigation by the Sheriff's office.

sacjon Nov 12, 2021 10:38 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

SOCALMOMMY - I agree with you on this. We need those SRD/SROs on campus. Sure, they can't stop everything, but it's indisputable that their presence does deter crime and can save lives. Who knows how far this would have gone had the SRD not been there.

a-1636977621 Nov 15, 2021 04:00 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

That's a good move by the school board, long overdue.

Yeah SRDs can come in handy sometimes, but their presence is typically unproductive and frequently negative. The fact is, when I was at DP the SRD didn't stop any bad behavior. Students would sell drugs and even get in big fights right in front of the SRD, and they'd get away with it 99% of the time - just run away into the crowds.

What the SRD mostly did was harass a lot of students and frequently try to turn what should be minor school disciplinary issues into criminal cases. One example that comes to mind is when The SRD was brought in to threaten kids in my PE class with charges of possession/manufacturing a weapon because somebody put screws through badminton birdies and was sticking them into the gym ceiling.

Just spend 2 minutes Googling and you'll see countless examples of school cops doing nasty things and their contribution to the school-to-prison pipeline..

a-1636706735 Nov 12, 2021 12:45 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

We, many of the people, wanted community policing as opposed to anonymous policing. Now we're losing school officers. I've read every thread on Edhat about school resource officers and have come to agree with those I don't usually agree with.

School officers should be retained.
Their role is the essence of "community policing."

a-1636978412 Nov 15, 2021 04:13 AM
Seven Juveniles Arrested for Assaults at San Marcos High

@a-1636706735 - I generally agree with you, school resource officers could be a big help in establishing community relations and moving towards a more evolved method of law enforcement. But.. The unfortunate truth is that until these SRD/SROs are mandated not to arrest students (except in the most serious of circumstances) and learn to not be menacing and manipulative like they are trained to, then their presence will continue to be toxic.

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