UPDATE: Former Lakeside Student Arrested After Showing Up On Campus Armed With A Shotgun, Ammunition And Knives

The boy was transported to the Lake Elsinore Police Department for further investigation and then booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of weapons on school grounds.

3/2 Update 3:26 p.m.:

A male juvenile is in police custody today after showing up on the Lakeside High School campus in Lake Elsinore armed with a shotgun, ammunition and knives.

According to a Lake Elsinore Police report, at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lake Elsinore Police school resource officers, along with Lake Elsinore Police patrol officers, responded to a call regarding a former student on campus armed with a knife and shotgun.

According to the report, officers immediately responded to the school and were able to locate the student and take him into custody without incident.

The boy was transported to the Lake Elsinore Police Department for further investigation and then booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of weapons on school grounds.

According to the report, the incident "was de-escalated quickly and ended peacefully."

Mark Dennis, coordinator of community and media relations for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, said the school was not on lockdown during the incident.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to call the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-3300.

3/2 Update 1:10 p.m.:

According to Riverside County Sheriff's Department Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela, the weapon involved was a gun. Updates to follow ...

3/2 Original Post 1 p.m.:

Classes are proceeding today at Lakeside High School after a former student showed up on campus early this morning with a weapon.

An automated dialer message from Lakeside Principal Jason Moscowitz was sent out to Lakeside parents around 11 a.m. In his message, Moscowitz said he was calling to inform parents of “an incident that occurred on campus this morning before the start of school involving a former LHS student. School staff and officials were prompt in containing the situation. The student was in possession of a weapon but no one was harmed. The student is currently in police custody.”

Mark Dennis, coordinator of community and media relations for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, said the incident took place sometime around 7 a.m. He did not confirm what type of weapon or how many were brought to the campus.

Dennis could not confirm what prompted the student to bring the weapon to campus.

“He sought out a teacher,” he said. “I think it was more of a cry for help.”

Dennis said the former student, whose identity has not being released, is a high school student at another campus.

According to Dennis, “the student quickly surrendered to school authorities. The incident did not develop into a further threat or tragedy. The school did not go to a lockdown.

“There is not a threat to students,” he continued.

Diana March 03, 2011 at 12:03 AM
You know when the Patch became available for our area I thought this is so cool we can actually know what goes on in our area, now I'm thinking that it is to much information and I am really enlightened about the crime and corruption in our town, now I am disappointed and scared. When I go to read the Patch for the other Cities around us I don't read anything like what goes on in our town, how sad is that.
Toni McAllister (Editor) March 03, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Diana I certainly don't want to give the impression that good things don't happen in Lake Elsinore and Wildomar -- they do every single day! March 2, however, has just been a rough one ...
Diana March 03, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Toni: Don't get me wrong your reporting is welcomed and you do a fantastic job, it's just that it is reality and some times reality is just o much when it is happening in the town that you live in almost everyday. Keep up the great job of reporting not only by yourself but your staff in reporting the news as it is, it's just the realization that LE does live up to it's reputation.
heather March 03, 2011 at 03:03 AM
my sn gose to that school and was right down hall from him im just so glad it was handle quickly and no one was hurt now i just hpe the young man get the help nhe needs to work though what ever he's going through
Kristi Garfield March 03, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Thank you for the great reporting efforts Toni, on behalf of PATCH. I work for a Lake Elsinore neighboring school and live near by Lakeside High School. I can tell you that many coworkers and neighbors were unaware that this incident occurred. Personally, I would rather be informed as to what is happening in my town. Murrieta is having some crime issues as well. We are not the only area dealing with individuals in crisis. It is all around us. The number of newsworthy instances, reported by the media, many times, is a result of the thoroughness and tenacity of those doing the reporting.
Joann March 05, 2011 at 09:03 AM
i just want to said im glad that patch inlights the city of all the thing going on around us yes it might a little scary for some of us but just think this could be someone just a door away that really violent or trying to give one of are child aride with no return. keep the goodwork you got me hook on reading the local new.
Anon March 06, 2011 at 11:06 PM
I say arrest his parents too! Oh and take away their public assistance ! This kid should be beaten with a bat for doing what he did!
Anon April 17, 2011 at 03:22 AM
The son of the pastor who was murdered, that happened in Temecula if that helps . The kid at Lakeside did not even bring the gun out and the gun wasnt working anyhow. He only wanted to talk to the teacher and he was a special ed student who didnt go to Lakeside. Crime is everywhere, we would have less crime if we didnt have the influx of illegals either!
Melissa May 12, 2011 at 06:16 AM
@jackie You are really ridiculous to come on here and say stupid things like that. No autistic kid or any kid should be beaten with a bat. You need to grow up and stop attacking people for your own comfort. You said it yourself he is special ed so why don't you use a little common sense and think with your head. Being autistic is uncontrollable. You would be dumb to think they had a choice, if they did they wouldn't be in this situation. You are probably the one that needs to be beaten with a bat to get your head straight. and don't come on here blaming illegals for crimes it is bound to happen regardless. You are really immature and have absolutely no common sense, its people like you that need help!
Anon May 12, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Melissa, chill out girl! If you read above you will see the dates of the posts. They didnt say he was autistic when they announced a kid took a gun and knife to school. Read the dates. They made this story out to be much bigger than it was and I hear the teacher overracted a bit. I would love to have your email so we can debate the illegal issue off line. Dont be telling me I am immature and need help. I am a tax payer and the illegal issue is real so dont pretend it isnt. Its people like you that are part of the problem.
a source March 11, 2012 at 07:08 AM
You would not last a single day in this kid's shoes, after the abuse he went through. He might as well have been beaten with a bat. If you are truly interested, e-mail me at numbergio@rocketmail.com to hear the truth behind this situation. And yes, he is mildly Autistic.


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