Investigators identify teen responsible for setting off fireworks at San Marcos High School

The teen faces jail time


On Wednesday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff officials identified the teen that allegedly set off a firework on campus.

The Sheriff's Office, however, stopped short of releasing the student's name because he is underage.

The student was identified after authorities reviewed surveillance video of the incident and information gathered from other students.

The case now goes to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office for review. The Sheriff's Office has recommended charges of possession of fireworks and the discharge of a firework in a manner to cause chaos. The student also faces other disciplinary action from school officials.



San Marcos High School Principal Ed Behrens has confirmed that someone set off illegal fireworks on campus Monday shortly after 12:00 p.m.

The campus was placed on a lockdown as police cleared each building and open space on school property. The lockdown lasted for about thirty minutes. 

An initial report of possible shots fired on campus prompted a large and quick emergency response by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies, California Highway Patrol, and county fire officials.

Deputies found the firework that was set off in the campus quad area.

It has been an unsettling time for the school community.

On March 7, a threatening graffiti message was found in the girl's locker room indicating there were would a school shooting on March 9. Hundreds of parents kept their students out of school on that day.

Then, on Friday, March 9 more graffiti messages were found in boys locker room.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District said compassion centers will be set up on campus on Tuesday for students dealing with any emotional trauma from the incidents.

The Sheriff's department said it has increased patrols around campus and continues to investigate the threats.

The Sheriff’s Office requests anyone with information regarding this case to contact call 805-683-2724 or to leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind students and the public that placing, throwing or igniting fireworks is illegal. In addition to school disciplinary measures, a conviction can lead to fines and/or imprisonment in the County jail.



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