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Authorities Say Teen Sought In Threat To Ventura County School Killed Himself

Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:30pm

Authorities say a teen who had been sought for leaving a threatening note at a Ventura County high school campus which prompted a campus lockdown killed himself.

Moorpark High School officials received a threatening note on campus this morning, and called 911.

A precautionary lockdown was ordered at around 8:30 a.m.  More than 70 Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the scene, to conduct a classroom by classroom search.  The contents of the note aren’t being released, but Sheriff’s Department officials say it contain threats to those at the school.  About two hours later, with no sign of the teen believed to be responsible for the note, school officials decided to dismiss classes for the day, and students were allowed to go home.

While the seach was underway, the Sheriff’s Department received a report just after 9 a.m. that someone had been hit by a passenger train near Tierra Rejada Road, in Moorpark.  Late Thursday afternoon, authorities confirmed that the body was that of the 16 year old Moorpark High School student sought in connection with the note.  Department officials say he committed suicide.

Classes will resume at Moorpark High School tomorrow, but grief counselors will be on hand to help students, and staff members cope with what happened.

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