Police: Boy threatened students, gun removed from home


SANTA CRUZ — An 11-year-old boy was removed from his Bayview Elementary School classroom after barricading himself there after an outburst, Santa Cruz Police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said Wednesday.

Investigators learned that the fifth-grade student planned to harm specific students. Police recovered and secured one firearm from the child’s home, Blaschke said.

Santa Cruz Police officers responded to the school at about 2:20 p.m. for a report that a student “physically acted out,” Blaschke said. 

“Educators followed established protocol and guided students from the room to safety awaiting police arrival,” Blaschke said.

The Santa Cruz Police Department arrived within minutes, and took the student to a “care facility,” she said.

The student’s family is cooperating with investigators and school administrators, Blaschke said.

“This case underscores the importance of the working relationship and full cooperation between Santa Cruz City Schools and the Police,” Blaschke said. “The police School Resource Officer is there to ensure the safety of students and staff in our city schools. We are thankful the situation was resolved as quickly and safely as possible, without injury to students or staff.”


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