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Moorpark - High School Locked Down Due to Threat By Student
12/19/2013 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

High School Locked Down Due to Threat By Student

Report Number:



Moorpark High School 4500 Tierra Rejada Road Moorpark, Ca.

Date & Time:

Dec. 19, 2013 @ 8:23 am

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Ventura County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services, FBI, US Secret Service, Moorpark Unified School District, City of Moorpark


K-9 resources from the following: Simi Valley Police Department, CSU Police, Beverly Hills Police Department


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(D) Male Juvenile




Moorpark High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after school officials received written threats from a male student just after 8:00 am.


The 16-year-old student was found dead a short time later on nearby railroad tracks after he committed suicide by stepping onto the tracks in front of an oncoming passenger train.


Deputies searched the campus, which was eventually evacuated. All 2,200 students were released for the day after the initial sweep of the campus revealed no danger to students or faculty. The Sheriff's Bomb Squad and K-9's performed a secondary sweep of the campus to ensure the campus was safe.


There were no injuries to any students or faculty during the incident. After careful consideration, school officials have decided to resume classes Friday morning, and will have grief counselors available to assist students and faculty members. There will also be an increased law enforcement presence on campus.  


Prepared by:

Sgt. Eric Buschow


Media Release Date:

Dec. 19, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129

Capt. Don Aguilar (805)797-7349



Approved by:

Cmdr. Steve DeCesari