DATE/TIME: January 28, 2020/ 6:00 a.m.
INCIDENT: School Protest/ Student Walk Out/ Trigger a False Fire Alarm
LOCATION: La Contenta Middle School, 7050 La Contenta Road, Yucca Valley
SUSPECT: 12 year-old-resident of Yucca Valley
SUMMARY: On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, parents and students of La Contenta Middle School, in Yucca Valley, participated in a protest, and school walkout, regarding school safety. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and officers from the California Highway Patrol were on scene to ensure the safety of all participants. The Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the parents for obeying all vehicle and penal codes, and for peacefully protesting on the sidewalk.
During the walkout, a 12-year-old student pulled the fire alarm, which triggered a fire evacuation, for all students, even those not participating in the walkout. After an investigation, deputies identified the responsible student. The student was cited for a violation of PC 148.4(a)(2), Trigger a False Fire Alarm. The student’s parent was cited for WI 660.5, Parental Responsibility.
Deputy Michael Sellers is the School Resource Officer assigned to all Yucca Valley Schools, including Onaga Elementary, Yucca Valley Elementary, La Contenta Middle School, Yucca Valley High School, and Black Rock High School. The Morongo Unified School District has alternative discipline options, including CleanSWEEP citations, which can be used before law enforcement is contacted.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760) 366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.
Refer: Deputy M. Sellers
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Case #: 232000172
Phone No. (760) 366-4175
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department