Following searches of their Manhattan Beach homes, two 17-year-old male Mira Costa High School students have been arrested. Police suspect both teens of posing a "credible threat" to classmates.
The searches occurred as part of an investigation into a 911 call reporting an "active shooter" on campus at Peck Avenue school on Wednesday. The caller mistakenly believed a shooter was on campus, based on rumors spread by students and parents. School officials placed the campus on lockdown but soon determined there was no shooter on campus.
A subsequent investigation led police to the two boys; after interviewing both suspects, detectives served search warrants at both of their homes. While police stressed that no weapons were found at either home, police did find evidence to suggest that the students may be planning a dangerous incident. Both boys were arrested and are in custody; their names are being withheld because of their ages.
School officials believe that the rumors resulting in the disruption on campus were spread via social media. Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Mike Matthews sent an email to parents Thursday urging students to be careful about what information they share on social media; and to understand that spreading false information can cause bad situations to become much worse.
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