17-year-old student arrested in connection to threats aimed at Ocean Shores pleads not guilty

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A high school student accused of threatening students at Ocean Shores High School pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges in Juvenile Court Wednesday.

Judge Aaron Katz denied a request that the teen, who was arrested Friday at Ocean Shores High School, be released to his parents.

The suspect was arrested May 8 after making criminal threats towards other students and a teacher at Ocean Shores High School.

The suspect, 17, was taken to the school administration at Ocean Shores High School after a note was found, written by him under a false name, made threats toward a teacher.

An empty handgun holster was found on his person and a journal was also found with notes about killing other people during a school shooting at Ocean Shores High School.

Officials said the minor allegedly wrote that the attack he was planning was to be “bigger than Sandy Hook,” referring to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adult staffers.

A search warrant was obtained by the Oceanside Police Detectives and School Resource Officers for the suspect’s residence.

Detectives and Officers located more hand written documentation threatening violence towards people at the school, replica guns, and body armor in the 17-year-old student’s bedroom.

A further hearing is scheduled May 22.

At this time the investigation is on-going. For further information please contact Lieutenant Aaron Doyle with the Oceanside Police Department Investigations Division at (760) 435-4694.

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