Teen Death Threat Suspect Appears in Court

Officers found a gun and a "hit-list" at the boy's home

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    A 14-year-old boy who allegedly threatened to shoot teachers and students at his East County school made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

    The eighth grader was arrested last Thursday night in La Mesa. Police say he made death threats against at least six students and teachers at La Mesa Middle School.

    Teen Arrested for School Threats

    [DGO] Teen Arrested for School Threats
    Capt. Dan Willis from La Mesa Police tells NBC 7 that officials arrested a 14-year-old on Thursday for making death threats against students and teachers. Nearby resident Jennifer Zamudio said it's important to take threats from students seriously. (Published Saturday, Mar 10, 2012)

    The treats came to light last week, when students told school staff about the boy's alleged comments.

    Officers found a gun and a "hit-list" at the boy's home.

    Prosecution and defense lawyers would not discuss the case because the boy is a juvenile. But the district attorney's office says any criminal threats are taken seriously.

    “I think it's having faith in the juvenile court system … engaged in this type of behavior,” said Deputy District Attorney Jihan Yacoub.

    Investigators said the teen suspect may have been bullied by other students.
     

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