Charges being weighed in weekend weapons incident at Woodside Elementary

Deputies evacuated and locked down campus on Saturday afternoon

Probation department authorities in San Mateo County are weighing whether to charge two teens with a misdemeanor for having allegedly carried weapons, in this case two air rifles and a Woodsman's Pal machete, to the outskirts of Woodside Elementary School during a soccer game on Saturday afternoon, April 5, according to deputies from the Sheriff's Office.

Responding to a report about two armed teens wearing camouflage clothing, deputies locked down the campus at 3195 Woodside Road at about 2:30 p.m. and evacuated about 100 people, including students and parents, deputies said.

After "swiftly" locating the two teenagers outside a fence at the school, deputies interviewed them and turned them and their weapons over to their parents, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

The Sheriff's Office would not identify the suspects beyond saying that they are 16 and 17 years old and are from Redwood City and Woodside.

Asked whether the rifles were loaded, Ms. Rosenblatt said she did not have that information. Carrying weapons on any campus serving grades K-12 is a violation of Section 626.10 (a) of the state penal code.

The incident was handled as if it had been an "active shooter" situation, Ms. Rosenblatt said. "Obviously, the deputies took that (911) call very seriously," she said. Once the teens had been located, deputies downgraded the threat level, she said.

"There is a likelihood that they may get themselves a violation of the (penal code)," Ms. Rosenblatt said.


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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

Wow, hadn't heard about this.

The two teen's parents should count themselves as fortunate indeed that their kids were not fired upon by deputies as a result. If they had been killed, it wouldn't have been the first time that had happened to a juvenile with an air rifle.

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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

Out of curiosity, why are probation department authorities considering the charges versus the county DA? Have the kids previously been arrested?

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Posted by Kaz
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I hope these kids are handled with a blind eye for their socio-economic/demographic status. Rich white boys often get treated very differently than poor minority boys. How inappropriate it would be for these kids to get off with a slap on the wrist if they have rich parents, or arrested and charged if they have poor parents. Please let the justice system be blind to parental status in this case....been seeing too many examples of rich kid entitlement going unchecked in our community.

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Posted by Turnabout
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Apr 7, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Kaz is so blinded by his class-envy that he has the statistics all wrong. Fact is, these days its the "people of color" who are given every advantage. Let's try to see what actually happened here rather than so quickly looking at skin color in hopes of finding a politically correct misstep.

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Posted by Uhh-erm
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I seem to be the only one thinking this is a bit of an overreaction. Not the initial response. At that point, the reporting parties had no way of knowing it was teenagers with not-particularly-lethal weapons.

But, the article says they were found on the 'outskirts' and 'outside the fence' of the school. Why are we even considering this as a school grounds violation?

Dumb yes. The teens should have known better. But seriously, let's keep it in perspective

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Over-reaction? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Think about Colorado and all of the similar situations. Teens with guns.

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Posted by overreaction? NO!!!!
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Let me be clear:for any parent out there: Kids playing with "toy"guns in this day and age are simply asking to be shot. Ye, shot and maybe even killed!

A former neighbor and gun owner flat out said that if, "I ever saw someone with a gun I would shoot first, and ask questions later…. and if I found out I had made a mistake I would drag that body over my threshhold and claim self defense". This was someone who by all accounts seemed rational. Someone's husband and a father; an upstanding, home-owning, employed, educated man but with an entirely shocking approach. You would never know he too was (very) armed and very dangerous. Scared the ^&* out of me because I knew he was dead serious. Chances are that he is not the only one with this approach.

It's a different day and age and playing with guns in the wake of teenage mass homicides is not worth the risk.

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Posted by 45 yr resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

16 and 17 year old white/entitled males wearing camouflage clothing carrying simulated automatic weapons approach an elementary school.... as a prank??

Even more astonishing is that they were just turned over for their parents' corrective behavior rather that Juvi Hall.

We have friends who were there, with their young children, at a soccer game when this happened. The children have nightmares and won't sleep alone in their rooms.

Yes, these stupid teenagers should be held accountable.

But so should their parents.

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Posted by Kaz
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Turnabout: you may indeed be turned around; you've got the class perspective issue wrong. It's not class envy, it's watching my peers' kids act as entitled as French kings that has me disturbed. They are damn lucky they weren't shot, and they and their parents should feel the consequences deeply. Entitled and stupid, what a pitiful combo.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:36 am

So did these idiots carry the weapons onto campus or not? Regardless, why weren't the arrested? Were they cited and released to their parents?

Turnabout - have you been paying attention to the real news? You know, the real news where those w/darker skin are shot and killed w/more frequency by the cops than white people are? The exception might be the homeless and/or mentally ill who are often killed by the cops, no matter what their ethnic background.

16 and 17 years old - yes, old enough to know better. How utterly terrifying for those who were there.

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