Torrey Pines High grad pleads guilty to making school threats


A former Torrey Pines High School student will spend at least six months in a residential treatment facility after pleading guilty Tuesday, July 10, to posting threats targeting the school on his Instagram account. 

Kevin Gregory Matlak, 21, will be sentenced Aug. 10 by Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon. Matlak, who was charged with three felonies, pleaded guilty to one count of making a criminal threat. He’ll be placed on five years probation and sentenced to a year in custody, which he will be able to serve at the treatment facility. 

Shamoon urged Matlak to become stable on his medications before sentencing. 

“Nobody wins if you go to prison,” Shamoon said. 

Classmates of Matlak, who graduated in 2015, reported the threats to law enforcement on May 30, leading to his arrest the next day in Point Loma. Classes and other school activities were cancelled on May 31 as a precaution. 

Matlak bailed out of jail and voluntarily checked himself in to a lockdown mental health facility, defense attorney Brian Watkins said. 

Watkins said Matlak didn’t threaten anyone directly, but three former classmates read his posts on Instagram and felt threatened by them. 

“I hate all of you,” Matlak wrote in one post, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco. “Get the (expletive) out of San Diego 2K18 before I find u,” Matlak wrote in another post. 

He also posted a photo of an AR-15 rifle, Greco said.