SWAT locks down California school for 4 hours during class-by-class weapons search

(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)

DANA POINT, CA — Students at a California high school were forced to hunker down as SWAT teams with weapons drawn searched their entire campus for weapons.   The effort included a warrantless search of students’ vehicles, lockers, backpacks, and classrooms.  The long 4-hour detention reportedly forced some students to urinate in darkened classrooms.

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The security frenzy took place on Thursday, May 29th, 2014, at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California.

The dramatic measures were not taken because of a threat, nor an act of violence, nor a crime being committed.  Someone found a carrying case for a firearm in the parking lot — a perfectly legal object that millions of Americans possess.

Panicky school administrators summoned the Orange County Sheriff’s Department around 11:45 a.m. — just before lunch.  Students were immediately locked down and forced to stay detained in their classrooms.

Dozens of officers arrived and brought their $250,000 armored Lenco Bearcat vehicle.  Deputies could be seen suiting up for battle before entering the school.

(Source: Nick Argo, Orange County Register)
(Source: Nick Argo, Orange County Register)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)

For four long hours, the entire school was searched from top to bottom.  Students were forced to stay in place for the duration.

“My son is texting me from inside. He’s saying that he’s fine and they’re barricaded in a room,” one parent told KCBS during the prolonged incident.

SWAT cops meticulously moved through the school, searching lockers, backpacks, parked cars, and classrooms.  Several photos show them with weapons shouldered as cops maneuvered through the hallways.

Reportedly, as the LagunaNiguel-DanaPoint Patch wrote, desks were being converted into urinals to accommodate students who were not allowed to leave the classroom to use the bathroom.

(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: CBS Los Angeles)

Dozens of concerned parents flocked to the school in hopes of picking up their children, some of whom were communicating via text message with people outside the campus. Some parents told KCAL9 the students’ backpacks were being searched, and some students were being held in darkened rooms.

One parent, Stephanie Andrews, told the station that according to her son, some students were urinating in classroom sinks because they were not being allowed out of their classrooms.

“It is scary to them to see guard dogs and SWAT team members going up and down their school and just in light of recent incidences, not knowing what could happen — it’s very scary to them,” she said.

(Source: CBS Los Angeles)
SWAT teams poured through the school looking for the phantom weapon.  (Source: CBS Los Angeles)
(Source: LagunaNiguel-DanaPoint Patch)
A cop aims his shotgun while searching the school.  (Source: LagunaNiguel-DanaPoint Patch)

The lockdown/detention was not lifted until 4:00 p.m.  Hungry, exhausted students poured out of their classrooms to seek bathrooms and food.

No weapon was found.  No suspect was arrested.  No threats were ever made.  No crime was committed.  No one was in any danger whatsoever — except from having their rights violated and safety jeopardized by overzealous, paramilitary cops.

It was never determined who owned the carrying case, nor should it matter.  Owning a carrying case is not a crime.  And despite what paranoid voices claim, the presence of a weapon does not demonstrate the intent of a crime either.  A generation ago students were taught how to use firearms responsibly; today they are taught ignorance and fear of arbitrary objects.


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1 Comment on SWAT locks down California school for 4 hours during class-by-class weapons search

  1. OMFG a carrying case caused all this? Well guess it’s just the sign of the times we live.
    You can bet whole neighborhoods will be locked down much like that town in Boston was just after that Bombing that happened not too long ago.
    But this will be more for stupid crap like this. THe thing that scares me the most is no one will stand up either we will jsu tlet it happen and keep happening.
    Sure it will be aired on TV and may get some feathers ruffled, but most will jsut say well it’s better than getting shot up!
    NOT Really but thats what most say even those on the RIght!
    Their just keeping us safe it’s their job huh? Really? is that what we want to be?
    Not a Police state huh? Oh relax it’s right they should do this it’s what we want I hear it all now!
    Oh but wait we can vote! FUck whatever sheeple Fuck off!

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