Mr Azcevedo was going through a very difficult period. While evacuated from his home from the Butte Fire his father died. a lot to take in at once for a young man.
He is a Native American and up until recently wore a long ponytail representing his heritage.
He became the target of bullies. When it became more than he could take he lashed out. His actions got him removed from school. Fortunately the judge landed him in a cummunity school rather than juvenile hall.