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Threat Prompts Sheriff’s Response to Santa Barbara Charter School

Officials take precautions after receiving a report that a father indicated he was en route to kill his two children

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies keep watch at Santa Barbara Charter School on Thursday after a man reportedly threatened to kill his two children who attend school there.
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies keep watch at Santa Barbara Charter School on Thursday after a man reportedly threatened to kill his two children who attend school there.  (John Palminteri / KEYT News photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 2:17 p.m. |

More than a dozen sheriff’s personnel responded to Santa Barbara Charter School in Goleta on Thursday after a staff member received a report that the father of two students was en route and planning to kill them, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

The report, phoned in by the students’ mother, was received shortly after 11 a.m., according to Lt. Butch Arnoldi.

The woman told a staff member she had received a call from the father, who is living in Texas, saying he had withdrawn money from the bank and was heading to Goleta intent on killing his two children, Arnoldi said.

A school-resource officer happened to be at Goleta Valley Junior High School, which is adjacent to the charter school at 6100 Stow Canyon Road, when the call came in and responded immediately, Arnoldi said.

Within 15 minutes, about 15 sheriff’s personnel were on campus to provide security and investigate the incident, Arnoldi said.

“Anytime there’s a threat of someone with a gun at a school, we respond as a top priority,” Arnoldi said.

Neither the charter school nor the junior high school was placed in actual lockdown, Arnoldi said, adding that investigators were able to determine that the father was still in San Antonio, Texas.

Interviews with staff members and the children’s mother were continuing Thursday afternoon, Arnoldi said.

A spokeswoman with the Santa Barbara Unified School District confirmed there was no lockdown, but said “necessary precautions were taken.”

The names of those involved were not released.

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» on 12.14.12 @ 01:50 AM

Repetition of mistakes are being made in the reporting of this story. Noozhawk should prefix accusations with “alleged” as title should be modified to say “Alleged threat”. Please review the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists.

I know something about “alleged threats.”
Back in January 2007, unaccountable UCSB mafia theatrically exploited its police force and media machine to arouse near panic with false reports that I was on my way to perform a bloody massacre even though they knew I was a 1000 miles away in Kennewick, WA. They posted armed guards at the UCSB Engineering Sciences Building, plastered wanted posters with my photo on them, ran their sirens and strobed their patrol car lights. They incited near panic in the students and excused those many of whom fearfully decided to cower at home. They publicly sought my arrest and contacted nearly every law enforcement agency,  FBI,  Secret Service, local cops, etc. They finally got the US Postal Service to send two agents to question me. UCSB Mafia was desperate to defame me because I had caught them criminally sabotaging my pursuit of employment. It was imperative that they win the propaganda campaign against me. I had caught them earlier, while still employed with them, committing similar crimes that I reported internally that resulted in me being mobbed and terminated. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney finally convinced UCSB Mafia that no laws had been broken and UCSB Mafia’s very own police report 07-0068 documents this fact. No law enforcement nor media, however, deigned to question UCSB Mafia concerning their illegal activities.

Later, in March 2009, I would be arrested for UCSB Mafia’s false accusations, jailed for ten days as a political prisoner and then committed in a mental hospital for twelve days as a political dissident prior to my release when three psychiatrists unanimously concluded that I had no mental illness, no personality disorders and required no medication.

UCSB Mafia was again desperate because I was winning a counter-propaganda campaign against them effectively exposing them as organized criminals and getting very close to inciting a strike at UCSB demanding a long-overdue independent, fully funded and fully empowered 9/11 investigation.

Upon release I was granted my right to read the prosecution’s (UCSB’s) evidence folder of more than 500 documents. Despite being officially and publicly (my nice-smile mugshot was on the front page of the local paper for an unprecedented three days in a row) arrested for the trumped charge of “threats to bomb or injure property” there wasn’t anything in the report about a bomb. Instead there were emails between UCSB Mafia and Kennewick law enforcement colluding desperately to have me arrested for something; anything would do. They finally decided to arrest me using two obscure elements of the Washington State law regarding “threats.” They accused me of committing the felonies of “threatening” to accuse UCSB of crimes and “threating” to incite a strike at UCSB. But I didn’t “threaten” anything. I DID accuse UCSB Mafia of crimes and I DID try to incite a strike at UCSB. Both legal.

UCSB Mafia attempted to squeeze me financially into accepting an absurd plea bargain by stretching court proceedings out for nearly a year. UCSB Mafia finally dismissed the bogus charge days before the scheduled trial because they knew they would lose and be exposed in court as unaccountable criminal thugs. 

Except for KEYT, no Santa Barbara media reported the dismissal of charge against me despite many extensively covering my arrest and the prelude to trial.

No university in the history of the world has betrayed the human species and TRUTH more than UCSB.
UCSB Mafia is a disgrace.
UCSB Mafia should atone, redress and reform.

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