Student Dies By Jumping in Front of Train After Making School Threats

A student threatened violence at a Ventura County high school and then jumped in front of a moving train, authorities said

By Andrew Lopez
|  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:05 PM PDT
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A 16-year-old student whose threat on Thursday to a Ventura County high school prompted several school lockdowns killed himself by jumping in front of a passenger train, authorities said.

Moorpark High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after school officials received written threats from a student after 8 a.m., the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The 16-year-old student was found dead a short time later on railroad tracks, authorities said.

Grief counselors were expected to help students and faculty grieve and police planned to deploy extra patrols around the campus on Friday.

The high school and two nearby elementary schools were locked down while deputies searched the Moorpark High.

All 2,200 students from the high school were released for the day after the initial sweep of the campus revealed no danger to students or faculty.

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