MCSO: Phoenix teen threatened to 'go on killing spree' at school

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly posting online comments about his plans to shoot up his former school.

Sheriff's office spokesman Jesse Spurgin said the boy was planning the shooting at Wigwam Creek Middle School in Litchfield Park.

Spurgin said the boy threatened to "go on a killing spree" then kill himself. The teen reportedly posted the threat on YouTube in the comments section of a music video called "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People, which depicts a school shooting.

He was arrested early Tuesday morning after someone out of state saw the comments and called police.

Spurgin said the boy, whose name was not released, was arrested at his grandparents' home where he apparently lived.

Investigators served a search warrant at the home near Greenway Road and 35th Avenue, looking for weapons or other evidence. They reportedly took a computer and a sawed-off shotgun they found in the home.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case and will decide what charges the boy will face.

A number of parents kept their children home from school on Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies were posted at the school as a precaution.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.