California cops say 'disgruntled' student's school shooting plot thwarted

El Camino High School in Whittier Calif. where authorities say a

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department revealed that a security guard at El Camino High School in Whittier overheard a "disgruntled student" threaten to unleash gunfire on the school last Friday, just two days after 17 people were killed in the Florida high school shooting.

After obtaining a warrant to search the student's home in Norwalk, deputies found two AR-15 rifles, two handguns and 90 high-capacity ammunition magazines, McDonnell said.

School officials said he has an "extensive" disciplinary history at the campus, which is a continuation school, according to the publication.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.

A 17-year-old boy threatened to bring a firearm to El Camino High School, 14625 Keese Drive, South Whittier, prompting an investigation by school authorities and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities say a student's plot for a mass shooting at a Southern California high school led to the discovery of a cache of weapons at the student's home.

One of the AR-15s was registered to the student's 28-year-old brother, a military veteran, but the other rifle was unregistered, which is a crime in California.

The teenager was arrested for making criminal threats while the older brother was arrested on charges including possession of an assault weapon and failure to register a handgun, McDonnell said.

Robert Jacobsen, an attorney for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, told reporters the student got into an argument with a teacher over a set of headphones.

"It was a threat to come back and bring a gun", Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen added that when questioned by officials, the student didn't have a weapon on him.

"We will remain vigilant in our efforts to make sure that we are doing everything possible when it comes to safety and security for our entire school community", she said.

School guard Mr Chavez told reporters: "I'm not hero".

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