Mira Costa High School
Mira Costa High School. Architectural photo

Two students at a Manhattan Beach high school were in custody Thursday for allegedly making threats against classmates, police announced.

Investigators on Tuesday began looking into allegations that threats — the nature of which were not disclosed — had been made by two Mira Costa High School students, according to Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Tim Zins.

Detectives and school resource officers on Wednesday zeroed in on two 17- year-old boys suspected of making the threats, Zins said, and went to the campus to speak with the students.

While the detectives were at the school, “a call was placed to our dispatch center of a possible active shooter on the campus,” Zins said. Officers responded and “determined the threat of an active shooter was unfounded and based on rumors.”

The two 17-year-olds were arrested Wednesday and were still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, Zins said. Their names were withheld because they are juveniles.

Detectives served search warrants at the boys’ Manhattan Beach homes, and while no weapons were found, investigators located what Zins called “substantial evidence … of a significant credible threat.”

“Investigators believe a dangerous incident has been averted due to the arrest of these suspects,” the sergeant said.

–City News Service

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