Mammoth High student arrested after alleged threats of violence

April 25, 2018

Message Regarding Today’s Red Day

From Mammoth Unified School District Superintendent Lois Klein:

Dear Parents,

I am writing to share with you important information about an incident involving threats of violence to staff and students, and I am relieved to share that law enforcement confirmed this morning that a student alleged to make the threats has been safely apprehended.

MLPD Chief Al Davis

Late yesterday, we began working closely with Mammoth Lakes Police and other law enforcement agencies to investigate alleged threats of violence to our students and staff that were made by a high school student in our district. The student is now being held and questioned by law enforcement, and I assure you that our district will continue to fully cooperate with this important investigation.

Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our students and staff, and the decision that I made to close schools today was guided by this profound obligation.

There are many details that I cannot discuss, as we do not want to compromise the investigation and law enforcement’s ability to act on facts and the law, but I will share with you what I can.

A student was overheard on several occasions to make threats of violence to students and staff at ite school, and the district engaged law enforcement to investigate. Late yesterday, I was informed that law enforcement intended to apprehend the student this morning, before school began, and I made a
decision to close school because we could not be completely certain that the student was not tipped off to the situation, and, thus might come to school.

I apologize that I could not offer the full facts regarding a red day, but law enforcement felt they needed the element of surprise in order to be certain they could secure the student and evidence that will inform their continued investigation.

The student is not allowed on campus during this investigation.

Before returning staff and students to school, each campus will be examined by law enforcement to ensure safe$. Tomorrow when we will return to school, please be assured that our dedicated staff will be prepared to welcome all students to a calm, focused day of learning.

As always, our education professionals are prepared to discuss with students important messages about safety and speaking up when and if they ever hear something concerning. Of course, we will be available to students who may want to discuss anxious feelings.

Following is a statement from Mammoth Lakes Police Department Chief Al Davis:

After learning about a credible threat of violence in the school, we worked with our Law Enforcement partners and the school district to develop a plan ensure the safety of everyone and complete a thorough investigation. There are many laws on how we can proceed with “threats-.”

Working closely with the Mono County DA, we obtained proper search and arrest warrants. With those in place, a plan was devetoped to ensure first the safety of the students first, next the officers and the suspect.

After careful consideration, it was determined the safest action would be not to have school in session today. Despite no specific threats rnade for today’s date, we were concerned that yesterday’s investigation may encourage quicker action on the part of the suspect if, in fact, he planned to follow through with his statements.

Working with the school district, we all decided to call a Red Day. The idea of a power outage was mine, as to not alert the suspect of pending police activity against him. Superintendent Klein was willing to put out this incorrect message to support our investigation.

While to many, there may have been an inconvenience, however, we feel the safety of our students far exceeds any inconvenience.

“Victory Favors the Prepared”
Chief Al Davis
Mammoth Lakes Police Department

I am grateful to the law enforcement agencies for taking swift action to help ensure our safety. And again, I apologize for any inconvenience to you and your families due to the school closure, but I am confident that vigilant attention to staff and student safeiy must never be compromised.

lf you have any questions, I can be reached at the number below.

Respectfully,
Lois Klein, Superintendent
Mammoth Unified School District

(760) 934-6802 ext. 511

 

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Maddawg
Maddawg
4 years ago

I do think they went a little overboard with this young man, but as they say, Better safe than sorry??

A Friend
A Friend
4 years ago

Wow all you people suggesting reasons why he may or may not have done anything is absolutely ridiculous. Half of the charges are so insane it makes me sick. Until you know the truth you shouldn’t go blasting someone. You realize if this goes to jury trial any possible jury… Read more »

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

@Charles not true the word was first used in this thread by T-Bone April 29, 2018 at 8:20 am #

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

@Bob, The “race card” can be played many different ways. Are you trying to say your “DREAMER” question had no racial component to it whatsoever? I don’t think many people would believe that. If it wasn’t about race, then what exactly did you mean by asking the question in the… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

Since you ask,one of those that “assume” this kid was an Hispanic “dreamer” and/or in this Country illegally,and if it turned out he was white,the reason for his talk and actions was because he’s “fed up ” with going to a high school that resembles a high school in Mexico…someone… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

Bob….It’s people like you that are “fed up” with those DACA stats and “DREAMER” stats you are stating…do you know how stupid that sounds saying he said,threatened to do and did what he did was because he’s pissed-off because his high school isn’t white enough ?..when have you ever heard… Read more »

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

people like who?

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

DACA stats within his high school might have him fed up.. I read where 29% of Dreamers are between 16 and 20 years of age. Mammoth would be a great place to go to high school if it was like going to school in Mammoth use to be instead of… Read more »

Inyo Citizen
Inyo Citizen
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that you’ve never been to high school in Mexico. So good job re-emphasizing the fact that the biggest part of your day is spewing racism online as if you are making a positive contribution to this world. More importantly, at… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago
Reply to  Inyo Citizen

Inyo, wouldn’t that be censorship? What Bob posted may be exaggerated, politically incorrect, abrasive and maybe a bit harsh; he probably could have worded it different, but nothing he posted was racist. He does have a point and calling it racist and bigoted are reasons those accusations no longer have… Read more »

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

The race card has been played so much recently it’s now faded and lost most of it’s power from being used incorrectly so frequently. I was reading about a school administrator that posted something dumb online. The news article stated the school he worked at was 99% minority. since when… Read more »

Charles
Charles
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

@Bob,
Hmmm… You were the one to bring up race regarding this article. And you used it incorrectly. So maybe you’re right.

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago
Reply to  Inyo Citizen

Inyo, now that I think about it, this site has in fact not published things I’ve submitted for whatever reason and for whatever it’s worth Which would mean I’m correct in my last comment (if they post it) that what Bob posted is not racist.

p ite
p ite
4 years ago

what was this young mans concerns and who if any was he targeting?

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

…Michelle,this isn’t a “kid”….18 years old ,which means facing ADULT consequences for his stupid mouth and actions….AND his name was published before Tinner mentioned it…that’s one of the problems with young people,maybe some older people too nowdays….in trump’s America….no consequences for his actions,almost like he should get a slap on… Read more »

Michelle kibler
Michelle kibler
4 years ago

First of all Tinner to go out and publish this kids name is just wrong! Think about his parents, his family and what that is now causing them. Yes I personally know them and they are good people. Devin is not a “DREAMER” just so you know. Kids do stupid… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago

Michelle kibler, “don’t go blasting the kids name all over and ruin his family”? It’s in the newspapers, if you’d pull your head out of the sand you’d know that. Good grief! And I didn’t call him a Dreamer, “just so you know.” Often friends and family don’t believe somebody… Read more »

A Friend
A Friend
4 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

Ok so for your information I can tell you for a fact that Devin White NEVER used any “hard” drugs. So don’t go suggesting that drugs were the “problem”. You don’t know him, do you? I do!

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago

Bob…..looks like you’ll have to bash the immigrants and “Dreamers” with something else and another story with your assumptions…looks like the stupid kid is white as snow…with a room full of now confiscated weapons….now let’s see the NRA and trump-worshipers bitch about that happening and “violating his Second Amendment rights… Read more »

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

18yrs and and a room full of weapons? There is no limit to the number of handguns that you may own but you are generally limited to purchasing no more than one handgun in any 30-day period. Handgun transactions related to law enforcement, private party transfers, returns to owners, and… Read more »

No Bad Days
No Bad Days
4 years ago

Not Good..

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

I wonder if the kid is a DREAMER . It’s all bs when we never hear the entire story.

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Bob….What makes you say that ?….you think only immigrant “DREAMERS ” are the ones doing the school shootings or violent acts on campus ?…..my bet would be more in the lines of coming from parents that are trump-worshipers.

T-Bone
T-Bone
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Yea Bob, Devin White is his name. Sounds suspiciously Hispanic. Seriously, when is the last time you heard of a mass shooter that wasn’t some entitled, white a**hole? You’re a bigot, Bob.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  T-Bone

Sticks & Stones T-bone but since you ask “Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the shooters who attacked Farook’s office holiday party, killing 14 and wounding 22, in San Bernardino

T-Bone
T-Bone
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Thanks, Bob. I’m aware of that attack, but to my point, you had to dig through a quite a few mass shootings perpetrated by white guys before you could pull that one out. Why would you be so quick to assume this incident in Mammoth involved an undocumented Mexican immigrant?… Read more »

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  T-Bone

I have to laugh when when person tells another what motivates them. I’d shy away from “these people, “you people, those people. phrases in your comments. I didn’t consider the individuals name “Devin White” when I made my Dreamer comment.. That would be profiling. The Dreamer comment was only based… Read more »

Almost Native
Almost Native
4 years ago

This is one of our kids they are talking about in this press release. What are they going to do now is what I want to now? Did they ever try sitting down with this kid and tell him what would happen if he made stupid teenage comments?

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago
Reply to  Almost Native

Almost Native,
When was the last time YOU sat down with 18 yr old kid and tried to tell them anything?

Trout Seeker
Trout Seeker
4 years ago

Good job to everyone involved!! “Glad we didn’t end up on National TV”. That’s your 1st thought?! Idiot.

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago
Reply to  Trout Seeker

Yeah, Trout Seeker, what should my first thought be? Identical to yours? Should I not commend everyone who brought the intentions of Devin White to the attention of law enforcement and possibly prevent another mass school shooting where numerous kids are killed and others maimed and traumatized for life and… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
4 years ago

Crazy days we are living in, glad it all worked out, glad we didn’t end up on national tv for all the wrong reasons. Good job to all involved, although I heard the safety of the staff and students was put in jeopardy because of one school official talking too… Read more »