Students and teachers at Lincoln Middle School in Oceanside went about their business under tightened security Tuesday due to a seventh-grader’s threats to “shoot up” the campus, district officials reported.
The boy’s menacing statements came to light last week, after which he was promptly expelled from the California Street intermediary school, according to a statement from Oceanside Unified School District administrators.
In addition to making general verbal comments about carrying out a shooting at the campus, the youth wrote out a list of students and staff members he wanted to harm, even though he apparently had no access to a gun, the administrators said.
The student, whose name was not released, was questioned by officers with the Oceanside Police Department, who determined that criminal charges were not warranted in the case, OPD Lt. Taurino Valdovinos said.
Despite that decision, school authorities decided to increase security at the campus as a precaution, according to the district statement.
During a meeting about the episode held Monday night for parents of children who attend the school, speakers mentioned reports that the boy might have made the threats out of anger over being bullied and teased, the lieutenant said.