Security Guard Overhears Student's Intention of Shooting, Police Find AR-15 Weapons in His Home

 

Just two days after the deadly high school shooting that left 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida, a high school in California responded to a school shooting threat.

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Marino Chavez, the safety officer for El Camino High School in South Whittier, overheard a student threaten to shoot the school within "the next three weeks" and promptly alerted authorities. Norwalk Sheriff's Station deputies investigated further and learned that the 17-year-old male student had an extensive history of discipline. They were able to trace his home address with registered semiautomatic rifles. 

According to Whittier Daily News, a search warrant led to the discovery of two AR-15 rifles, one which was not registered and considered a felony in California. The student's brother, Daniel Eriberto Barcenas, claimed the weapons belonged to him and that he brought them from Texas. The 28-year-old veteran was arrested on suspicion of a criminal threat.

In a press conference, Chavez humbly said, “I’m not a hero." The 26-year veteran added, “I’m just doing my job every day.”

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Batcenas remains in custody at the Norwalk Station jail with bail set at $108,000.