March 9, 2011
A 17-year-old student, wielding a 3 1/2-inch kitchen knife, threatened to kill the assistant principal of Pacific Grove High School on March 2, according to court documents. A judge issued a restraining order against the student on Monday, "due to the severity of [the] threat."
Assistant Principal Barbara Martinez said, "I felt like I was in a scary movie" in her declaration to the court, describing the incident with the student, identified only as John Doe in the court order. "This encounter...left me rattled and apprehensive."
According to Martinez's declaration, the high school junior was searched after his girlfriend and his mother made separate reports of suspicious behavior and drug use to school officials. Martinez and the campus supervisor reported they found the knife, wrapped in a homemade cardboard sheath, in the student's pants pocket.
In her declaration, Martinez says the student was sarcastic when questioned about the weapon and said, "I like to cut things...many things." He then said he holds grudges for a long time and directly threatened Martinez, "I'll come back in 10 years and kill you and your family." He specifically identified her son, a seventh grader.
The student's "eyes became vacant and his manner became threatening and detached," Martinez wrote. "High school students have said a lot of things to me, but this is the first time I have felt afraid of what a student might do to my family and me."
After police officers arrested the student, Martinez spoke with his mother, who "said that he threatens to kill her all the time," according to the declaration. "John Doe's mom seemed relieved."
The student, a resident of Pebble Beach, has been disciplined repeatedly for possession of drug paraphernalia and drug use, according to Martinez's declaration.
The student is currently suspended through March 9. His extended suspension and expulsion are pending; education code mandates that students in possession of weapons at school be recommended for expulsion. The restraining order is in effect until March 21, at which point the judge may choose to issue a permanent injunction.