Teen-Ager Cut From Basketball Team Wrecks House
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A teen-ager, angry at being cut from his school basketball team, threw a $20,000 tantrum at his home, destroying furniture, threatening his mother with a baseball bat and firing his father’s rifle, officials said.
″The interior of the home was almost completely destroyed,″ detective Joe Eubanks of the sheriff’s Lomita Station said Friday.
The 17-year-old student from Palos Verdes High School had two older brothers who were basketball stars at the school before going to college on athletic scholarships.
″His expulsion from the basketball team seems to have brought this on,″ Sheriff’s Lt. Bob Malone said.
The teen-ager smashed windows, mirrors, lamps, appliances and other household items with the baseball bat in Thursday night’s rampage, authorities said. He then took his father’s rifle and began firing shots inside the home.
″Virtually every window was broken, furniture broken, appliances, oven, stove, television, microwave - all were smashed,″ Eubanks said. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
Officers cordoned off the neighborhood and used a helicopter loudspeaker to warn people to stay in their homes. The youth finally surrendered after authorities spoke to him over the phone.
There were no injuries during the outburst. The youth’s mother fled to a neighbor’s house for safety.
He will be arraigned Tuesday in Inglewood Juvenile Court on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.
After a psychiatric examination that concluded he was not a danger to himself or others, the youth was taken Friday to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.
School officials declined comment on why the student was cut.
A neighbor described the family, which includes four boys, as a ″model family with children who are very studious and good in sports.″