Shooting Plot Summerville High School: Shooting Plot Stopped

Published: October 5, 2015

Shooting Plot Summerville High School: Shooting Plot Stopped, Four students at Summerville High School in Tuolumne, California, were arrested for allegedly plotting a school shooting, the Tuolumne County Sheriff said in a press conference on Saturday.

Sheriff Jim Mele claimed that the students involved were planning to “come on campus, and shoot and kill as many people as possible at the campus.”

The Summerville High School administration contacted the sheriff’s office on Wednesday to report three of the students, who were identified by classmates who found their behavior suspicious. The authorities immediately launched an investigation, which involved interviews with the suspects, as well as school staff and students, and two search warrants. During the investigation the sheriff’s office says that they discovered that a fourth student was involved, Mele said on Saturday.

“Detectives located evidence verifying a plot to shoot staff and students at Summerville High School,” said Mele. “The suspects’ plan was very detailed in nature and included names of would-be victims, locations and the methods in which the plan was to be carried out.”

The sheriff said no weapons were found as it was “very early stages” of the alleged plot, but that “this was a very, very serious threat that they had planned to carry out, at a time, that I don’t want to divulge at this time.”

All four students’ families were cooperative during the investigation, and the suspects were subsequently turned over to the Tuolumne County Probation Department after arrest on Friday, according to Mele.

Summerville Union High School District Superintendent Robert Griffith said that “within a very short period of time [the school district] knew they didn’t have an immediate threat to safety,” which is why the school didn’t go into lockdown. He added that “about 1,000” phone messages were sent to parents on Thursday relaying information about the incident.

Mele said there is no further threat to students or staff at Summerville, and said the names of the suspects will not be released as they’re juveniles. He added that no further details will be released at this time.

Full video of the press conference was shared to the Sheriff’s Facebook page.

10/3/15 Press Conference regarding Summerville High investigation

Posted by Tuolumne County Sheriff on Saturday, October 3, 2015


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