Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident
The Sheriff’s Office is submitting the case to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for review with the recommended charges of possession of a firework and the discharge of a firework in a manner to cause chaos. The student also faces additional school disciplinary consequences pursuant to Santa Barbara Unified School District Board Policy and California Education Code.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank San Mar cos High School Administrators for their assistance during this investigation, which was instrumental in our ability to quickly identify and locate the suspect.
The Sheriff’s Office also wants to take this opportunity to point out that pranks such as this one not only require a large amount of resources to ensure the safety of the campus and the students, but also put the safety of first responders and the public at risk as they respond to these perceived emergencies.
Sheriff’s deputies are working closely with San Marcos High School Administrators and the Santa Barbara Unified School District to identify the suspect(s) in this case. The Sheriff’s Office has several persons of interest and continues to investigate. The Sheriff’s Office requests anyone with information regarding this case to contact call 805-683-2724 or to leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or go to https://www.sbsheriff.org/
The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind students and the public that placing, throwing or igniting fireworks is illegal pursuant to 12680(a) of the Health and Safety Code. In addition to school disciplinary measures, conviction can lead to fines and/or imprisonment in the County jail.
San Marcos High School's Principal has confirmed the lockdown is due to illegal fireworks being detonated on campus.
According to KEYT, Principal Ed Behrens was able to confirm that fireworks were set off inside a trash can in the campus quad area after 12:00 p.m. Monday.
Roger the Scanner Guy reported a large emergency response was heard over the scanner that included Santa Barbara County Sheriff and County Fire Department.
Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
A large group of students walked out of San Marcos High School earlier. Reports are still coming in, read my comments below.