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Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 16-year-old Mesa student after detectives say she threatened to shoot her classmates at Red Mountain High School, then kill herself.
Investigators say the threat was posted on a transgender YouTube channel and read in part,
“I now literally have a plan of seriously hurting… killing… murdering people in my high school. And a playlist to do it.”
The Sheriff’s Office says it went on to say: “I work at the high school as a student teacher basically…which is why no one can find out about me somewhat accidentally planning to blow up the school. (and yes… it would be super easy…)”
A Canadian man saw the posts and called police in Toronto who then traced the post to Arizona. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office started investigating Wednesday night and took the teen into custody.
Investigators say she admitted to the posting and indicated in that she planned the attack in advance of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
“Completely unexpected,” a classmate told 3TV. “She would be the last person I would expect.”
“She’s super nice and all,” said another classmate Devin Barlow. “Just normal and nice.”
The teen’s parents declined to comment to media, but told detectives that she has a history of mental health issues and has been seen by a psychiatrist. Her father told deputies she had recently been inquiring about where the guns were being kept in the house.
He said the comments alarmed him, so he took the precaution of placing trigger locks on each gun and putting them in a gun safe, according to the Sheriff’s spokesman.
“I appreciate that he did that for my child’s safety, for his child’s safety, for our teachers,” said Red Mountain parent Jenni Carter, who received a message from the principal about the threat.
Carter says she’s grateful for the actions by the teen’s parents, the tipster and law enforcement.
“I think everything should be taken seriously,” said Carter.
A school district spokesman says there will be extra security presence at Red Mountain High School on Friday, but add officials do not believe the school was in imminent danger.
The teen, who was transported to Juvenile Detention, faces charges of computer tampering, threatening and intimidating.