Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
5:00 p.m., March 14, 2018
 
The Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of San Marcos High School Administrators have identified the student believed responsible for igniting a firework on campus on March 12, 2018. The crime was committed during a time when there was a heightened sense of fear following recent threats of a school shooting on campus. The student was identified following the review of surveillance video of the incident and information gathered from students. The identity of the student is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

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.


Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
9:00 p.m., March 12, 2018
 
Just after noon today March 12, 2018, at the end of the lunch period, deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and UCSB Police Department responded to a report of possible shots fired near a classroom at San Marcos High School. Once on scene, deputies initiated an immediate school lockdown and guided other students into nearby classrooms and the gymnasium. A systematic sweep and search of the school campus was conducted and the source of the noises heard was quickly determined to be a firework ignited in the quad area. The lockdown was subsequently lifted.

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/home/anonymous-tip/.

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.


Update by the edhat staff
12:25 p.m., March 12, 2018

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.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
12:20 p.m., March 12, 2018

A large group of students walked out of San Marcos High School earlier. Reports are still coming in, read my comments below.

 
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Flicka Mar 15, 2018 09:18 AM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

My gosh, to the "they were only fireworks" commenters--do you know fireworks are illegal in our county? I suppose you think hearing them go off the students were supposed to judge if they were guns or fireworks? Sometimes when there is gunfire in a neighborhood residents say they thought it was fireworks or a car backfiring. I'm glad they caught the culprits.

Luvaduck Mar 13, 2018 01:14 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Because the difference btw firearm shots and fire crackers isn't immediately apparent, both must be treated as serious threats. For that reason, should the culprit be found, he should be punished to some extent, but most of all should be educated to the seriousness of 'crying wolf'. If anyone has a great idea how to get the latter across to all the students, step forward. I remember well how skeptical we were about such things and "what a gas" it was to mess with the heads of authorities. The bottom line is adolescents don't have a lot of forethought.

a-1534461972 Mar 13, 2018 02:06 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

The handle name he's chosen (look up Howard Roark if you haven't recognized it) flashes the word "TROLL" rather brightly. Just like MrTrump, Factotum, and some of the other detritus from the Indy/NHawk commenting sewer.

Alexblue Mar 13, 2018 01:55 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

I'm not sure, Howard, but I believe the approximate number at this point is zero--which coincidentally is how many kids have been murdered in school shootings by people using firecrackers, you insufferable douche.

Ducky Mar 12, 2018 05:16 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Okay, now I get it-some if you think I’m saying/have claimed that the video doesn’t even exist (that’s on you). I NEVER said that. All I’ve been pointing out is that NOBODY has actually seen more than a five (5) second blurb on the news, let alone HEARD what was ACTULLY said. All I’ve seen so far are one or two (highly maliscous and vindictive) people saying it was so. The sheriff went so far as to serve search warrants, because of these people. Apparently, they’re looking for blood.

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 06:33 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

DUCKY - what are you talking about? Why are you still stuck on the video? That video PLUS the 2 separate threats of violence (and in one case, specifically shooting) over the past week PLUS fireworks at school today EQUALS a massive and immediate repsonse to a known threat. Why are you so hellbent on dismissing the threats and the resulting concern of parents? Seriously man, what is your deal?

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 02:48 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

If ever there is a shooting at SMHS, please don't post comments if you are argumentative, overly upset and angry, too panicky, or otherwise a troll. It is imperative that we provide good information. When, several years ago, there was thought to be a gun on campus (but probably wasn't), I found the parents to be mostly very calm, just simply trying to get accurate information, and get to their kids. I'm in a nearby neighborhood and was able to post real time information. Please, Ducky, and other bomb throwers, give this one topic a pass. Let the adults handle it, and be helpful and reassuring to reasonably worried parents and grandparents. SMHS parents, we are here for you at Edhat.

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 02:36 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

I actually agree with Ducky, this is an overblown response however, I can understand why given what has been happening. It is also a sad testament to our society that we are overreacting in this way - very sad. This is how people acted after 9/11 in NYC. After awhile, it was too much for me - too negative of an environment and too dramatic/panicky that I had to leave. So sad what has become of our society.

Alexblue Mar 12, 2018 02:56 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

It wasn't overblown. My kid was there. People close to it thought it was gunfire and they ran, one of them being my child--some of the kids close to it were panicked because they had no idea if it was real or not. People like Ducky literally have nothing in this--no child, no experience, and no real caring as to what the kids are going through. I'll say it again--if you aren't dealing with the situation and you don't know the facts--sit down and shut up because you know that the only thing you are doing is intentionally making the situation harder.

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 02:47 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

How was this an "overblown" response? There was a heavy and immediate police response to what sounded like gun shots at a school which has had multiple and RECENT threats involving shootings. Not sure what exactly is "overblown" here..... well, that is, other than Ducky's animosity towards people with children in school.

mtndriver Mar 12, 2018 02:11 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

I'm sure this was terrifying for the kids on campus who didn't know what was going on as well as their parents. Whoever did it deserves a public dressing down (not to mention whatever criminal charges apply). Probably will be expelled from school, but better they should have to apologize and make amends to their classmates and everyone else affected, including the cops and fire personnel who showed up.

420722 Mar 12, 2018 02:08 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

The kids seem to be getting more and more ballsy each week with their threats, if this is not contained soon. I do believe there could/will be a real event soon. Any real suggestions on how to stop this madness?

Factotum Mar 15, 2018 11:08 AM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

How do deal with this? Effective parenting, facts, context, and using this as a teaching moment to explore the nature of universal existential fears . Where is the county wellness group to help facilitate this need?

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 02:11 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

420722 - As much as I agree, I have a feeling this particular event was just some stupid kids thinking they were going to be funny by scaring and already on-edge student body. I doubt lighting fireworks in trash can was meant to be anything other than a dumb prank. In such a case, there needs to be swift and severe consequences.

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 01:17 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Worried SMHS parents, Edhatters are here for you. Those of us in the nearby neighborhoods will always post accurate information, if we have it. You have to work your way around Ducky, unfortunately. We are here for you, parents.

Roger Mar 12, 2018 12:57 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Even if it is all bullshit you can never be too safe when it comes to kids and school shootings the one time a big deal is not made of it is the time it is real..All this response on the side of Law Enforcement is necessary ... If it wasn't real how come it happens anywhere? 2006, and 2014 There were mass shootings in Goleta....I hope there will not be anymore.

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 01:01 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Ducky - who exactly do you think you've "called out?" This seems like a pretty normal response to a possible incident at a school with a recent history of shooting threats, given the state of things lately.

Ducky Mar 12, 2018 12:38 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

1 or 2 hysterical parents have blown this into what it now is. They’ve turned it into a self-fulfilling prophecy. I’m more afraid of what these irrational parents are going to do next, than anything the kids may do.

sacjon Mar 12, 2018 12:48 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Ducky - not sure "hysterical parents" have anything to do with this. First, there was graffiti threatening a school shooting last week, as a result, there have been more cops at the school in the past few days. Then, today we have what now seems to be someone setting off fireworks. Therefore, it's pretty likely, especially given the rash of school shootings in this country, that the cops erred on the side of caution and shut down the school upon hearing fireworks go off so soon after a specific threat was made at the same school. Sorry you've been so inconvenienced, but I'm glad the kids are safe.

SB_93117 Mar 12, 2018 12:37 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

We were driving from Gol to SB. At least 5 CHP, motorcycle, unmarked when screaming by with lights and sirens. Saw them get off at Turnpike. We got off on La Cumbre and two more were screaming Northbound. What's happening? Oh and there goes a helicopter!

Roger Mar 12, 2018 12:31 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

They just cancelled the code 33 but it sounded like they were going to bring in the DOJ for a second there...Who ever is pulling the joke better knock it off or they are going to find themselves in a world of crap...Cops aien't playing.

sacjon Mar 12, 2018 12:27 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Just saw on KSBY that "Sheriff's officials said they received reports of possible fireworks being set off in the area. " Possible fireworks were also what the cop at the Parkland high school reported..... Let's pray this isn't the case here! Especially after all the graffiti threats!

sacjon Mar 12, 2018 01:53 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

I didn't jump to an "extreme conclusion" at all. I simply expressed hope that it wasn't a bad situation, given all the similar circumstances and the recent threats. If that was too "extreme" for you, I do apologize.

a-1534461972 Mar 12, 2018 01:51 PM
Student Identified in San Marcos High School Fireworks Incident

Probably because you didn't JUST post a factual quote, you jumped to an extreme conclusion/possibility, likely inducing panic (for no reason) in parents who read edhat, and then suggested we should pray about it. Also what Roger said, there are a few of those people floating around here nowadays.

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