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Berkeley High School Mass Shooting Plot: Questions Remain

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A teenager has been arrested after discovering he was “recruiting other high school students to participate in a shooting and/or bombing”, police said. However, questions remain over the time between police receiving a tip about the teenager and his eventual arrest.

The Berkeley Police Department said it received a tip May 21 that a 16-year-old boy was planning an attack on Berkeley High School. A search warrant was executed at the boy’s residence, where patrol officers “discovered parts of explosives and assault rifles, several knives, and electronic items that could be used to create additional weapons.”

Investigators from the Youth Services Unit eventually took over the investigation, interviewed witnesses and obtained a warrant for the teenager’s arrest. The Berkeley Police Department also “worked with Berkeley High School staff and communicated with Berkeley Unified School District officials to keep them informed of any safety-critical information.”

On May 30, the teenager turned himself in to Berkeley police after what the department called a “settlement” his attorney had made with police, according to Berkeleyside. He was arrested “on suspicion of possessing destructive material and threatening to commit a crime which will result in death or serious injury”, police said.

A Berkeley school board meeting yielded more information about the plot. The teenager was planning his attack for “next year”, and he got all his guns legally and didn’t have all the parts to run guns and explosives, according to Berkeleyside. “Nothing was put together,” said officer Jessica Perry. “It was just pieces.” Perry also said the teenager tried to buy a gun at school and browsed the dark web, an area of ​​the internet that is not accessible through traditional search engines.

Police also answered questions about the teen’s arrest. “If we don’t have probable cause to make an arrest, the person is going to be released,” Berkeley Police Department spokesman Officer Byron White said, according to KTVU-TV. “It takes time and space to set up the survey.” Neither the police department nor the Berkeley Unified School District explained the student’s whereabouts between the time of the tip and his arrest.

“It was, I think, even more shocking to know that we had gone to school for 10 days since the threat, without either of us knowing about it,” said Berkeley High student Bahia Rozan. . says KTVU-TV.

“Throughout the investigation period, we have been assured that this individual poses no immediate threat,” the school district said in a statement. “We are committed to conducting our own separate investigation, within the parameters of our authority as a school district, and as evidence warrants, pursuing all possible steps, including discipline, that will support the safety of students and the community.”

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District of San Francisco. Atti. Chesa Boudin at her campaign headquarters in San Francisco.

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The day after I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1969, I had decided to make a quick trip to California – to visit Disneyland, the beaches and the ocean that the Beach Boys had sung about, and the streets patrolled by Ponch & Baker. The jobs were plentiful and the HR pleasant and encouraging. The restaurants in Los Angeles offered fantastic food and the donut shops offered a variety that I had never been exposed to. I moved back east, but a few months later moved to California – for the next 40 years. A wonderful education and a life in the promised land.

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