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Guy Fawkes Mask, 'Anonymous' Milieu, Used in Teen YouTube Threat That Got SoCal High School Shut Down, Cops Say

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Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

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A threat against Bishop Montgomery High School made very publicly via YouTube landed a 16-year-old suspect in handcuffs, police said today.

Torrance police Sgt. Steven Jenkinson tells the Weekly the video featured an Occupy-style Guy Fawkes mask and the graphic stylings of the hacker group Anonymous. It made a statement indicating "something very bad is going to happen" today at the campus attended by the sophomore, he said.

The kid was arrested Sunday on suspicion of making terrorist threats. But following calls from concerned parents Saturday the school ...

... already made plans to shut down Monday, Jenkinson said.

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It'll be back up and running tomorrow: A statement today by the Torrance Catholic school's principal, Rosemary Libbon, states that "the situation has been resolved."

The video allegedly featured threats made in a voice that is processed through robotic, Autotune-style software, police told us.

As a precaution, as school was closed today, administrators and security personnel swept the campus to ensure that there were no "suspicious items or devices," Jenkinson said.

He said police checked to see if the teen suspect was involved with the hacker group but found no connection.

The video, unfortunately for us, has been taken down.

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