Friday Mar 05 2010
Teen in custody following school 'threats'
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
Phone call prompted school lockdown in El Dorado Hills
A threatening phone call to the Buckeye Union School District office prompted a lockdown of several El Dorado Hills schools and landed one teenager in jail. Rolling Hills, Oak Ridge High School, Silva Valley and Oak Meadow schools were on lockdown until 9:15 a.m., according to Kathy Daniels, director of facilities for the El Dorado County Office of Education. She said that El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies were on scene all morning and apprehended a suspect. Sgt. Phil Chovanec, of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office, confirmed Friday afternoon that a 13- or 14-year-old male was taken into custody charged with felonies including threatening school officials. “The threat wasn’t specific in nature, but more of a general ‘I’m going to get everybody’ threat,” Chovanec said. Authorities were immediately contacted and the schools were placed on lockdown for about an hour. “We were able to identify a suspect quickly thanks in part to the school doing such a great job,” Chovanec said. “This allowed us to do our jobs.” The name of the teen is not being released due to his age. Parents were contacted about the incident. Penne Usher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org