Teen Who Brought Shotgun, Knives To Lakeside High Becomes Ward Of The Court

In March, the boy went onto the campus carrying a shotgun and two knives.

A 17-year-old former Lakeside High School student who was made a ward of the court and will be placed in a home.

A placement review hearing is slated for Aug. 30 for the boy, who was also placed on probation.

The boy has been in Juvenile Hall since his arrest.

A lawyer for the youth had asked that the boy be allowed to go home pending sentencing.

Authorities have refused to say what happened after the boy arrived on campus with the gun and knives on March 2, but they did say he got into a classroom.

The day of the March 2 incident, Mark Dennis, coordinator of community and media relations for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, said, “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."

Dennis said the boy sought out a teacher.

“I think it was more of a cry for help," he said.

There are press reports that the boy has a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome.

The youth was a high school student at another campus at the time of his arrest. Authorities have not released his identity due to his age.

Alicia the Color Guard Advisor June 10, 2011 at 12:09 AM
That was a scary day in the 600 building at Lakeside...thank God my children were in Jazz band during zero period with Mr. Fossmo! My middle son as Asperger's Syndrome and goes to Temescal High but school involvement helps him deal with his symptoms...thank goodness for their band program and Mr. Smith who has a lot of patience and understanding!
Alicia the Color Guard Advisor June 10, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Opps "has Asperger's Syndrome"
Denise Woolsey June 10, 2011 at 06:23 AM
What a sad ending to this awful situation. Too bad we can't hear the whole story on why this young man felt so compelled to go back to his old high school. I can't imagine that he wanted to harm anyone as Mr. Dennis stated. My heart goes out to his family and to those that were scared by this incident. I can't imagine how this young man must feel, being locked up in Juvinile Hall ,not being able to go home and then to be placed out of home. There is more going on here than we can judge here. Breaks my heart......
Alicia the Color Guard Advisor June 10, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I have to agree Denise! Sometimes the IEP does not go in the right directions for the child, and unless your a parent that has had the support and correct direction then the parent can get in a hopeless feeling "trap". If I didn't have the support and help I got, the demands could have overwhelmed me and probably would have given up. Thank goodness you are out there advocating and assisting with autism! I feel sorry for this boy that will go to a group home, my son with autism did go to a boys group home and actual got worse, since these workers are not truly trained on how to handle different mental capacities (they are not regulated by the county itself, they just have one person that regulates and reports back to the county) My son was told repeatly that he was never going home and to get use to the group home he was in, but I never gave up and I finally got the right lawyer and the situation was resolved. Unfortunately, the damage was already done. I hope this boy gets the help he needs, but if it is anywhere here in Riverside county, they will just make him another statistic.
Denise Woolsey June 10, 2011 at 05:48 PM
It is so important for parents to know and understand IEP's (Individual Education Plan) and the Special Ed laws. I have to assume that in this case, the parents didn't. In other articles regarding this, it stated that the father spoke with an accent. It also stated that the young man was attending another high school in the district. Was that the problem? Did he not want to leave the school he was attending? Did he get upset because he had to leave? Was a transition to the new school done or was he going to Lakeside one day and then transfered to a different school the next? Did the parents not know they could do more to help their son? A lot of questions, I know, but these are things that may have helped this family, to prevent somethng like this from happening. Parents need to be educated themselves, when they have a child with special needs. It's a shame that the district no longer has the SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee). That committee helped educate a lot of parents, for many years. I'm glad Alicia, that you got your son out of the situation he was in. But, like you said, "the damage was already done". That shouldn't happen to anyone. You are so correct when you state that this young man will just be another statistic. It is heartbreaking and as parents of these Autistic kids, we need to step up and make sure things will change in our area.


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