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US teen threatens high school slaughter

2012-12-21 08:11

Los Angeles - Police in Arizona said they arrested on Thursday a 16 year-old female student who threatened in an online video to "kill everyone" at her high school then kill herself.

The young man was a student of Red Mountain high school, in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement.

"The threat was posted on a YouTube channel owned by a transgender community in Toronto, Canada," the statement read.

The channel owner contacted Toronto police, who tracked the person that posted the video to the suburbs of Phoenix. Canadian police then contacted the sheriff's office late Wednesday, and within three hours they were able to find the suspect's home in Mesa.

Detectives went to the home, questioned the teen in the presence of her parents, then arrested her "after she admitted to posting the threat".

The YouTube post alludes to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, but said that she had planned her attack "well in advance" of the shooting there.

"I now literally have a plan of seriously hurting ... killing ... murdering people in my high school," reads the part of the post.

It continues: "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...)."

Another possible mass tragedy

The teen told detectives that "she was scared because she thinks she may really carry out the plans detailed in the post, and 'f@#king kill everyone,'" the statement read.

She also admitted that she had planned to "cut the wires to the security carts" on campus to slow down a police response.

The teen's parents said that their daughter had been seen by psychiatrist "and had recently been inquiring about where the guns were being kept in the house. The father said he was alarmed by his daughter's comments and took the additional safety precautions of placing trigger locks on each gun and safeguarding them in a gun safe".

The father owns three handguns. Police let the father keep the weapons.

"We were very fortunate on this occasion to prevent another possible mass tragedy," Arpaio said. "It takes more than just law enforcement though. We need the active co-operation of parents, members of the community, and friends and neighbours to effectively stop these potential disasters before they happen."

The teen faces charges of one count of computer tampering and one count of threatening and intimidating, the statement read.

Comments
  • TaaiD13 - 2012-12-21 08:20

    The way the American media handles these situations make its cool for these kids to do this and slaughter innocent people

  • mjwild - 2012-12-21 08:35

    Was it a he or a she, get it right.

  • wesselo1 - 2012-12-21 08:36

    female student, the young man Am I the only one thats confused?

      Elisha - 2012-12-21 08:40

      No. we are all confused... What is Transgender? Maybe that's got something to do with it! LOL

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-21 09:27

      nope, I also had to read that a few times

  • tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-21 08:38

    16-year-old female student (1st paragraph) or young man (2nd paragraph)? Sloppy, careless reporting.

  • aldrin.campbell - 2012-12-21 08:40

    What the frikkadel...... I'm so freakn confused. Is a he or a she?

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-21 09:28

      could be a he-she or she-he or a wtf

  • jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-21 08:42

    "Los Angeles - Police in Arizona said they arrested on Thursday a 16 year-old female student who threatened in an online video to "kill everyone" at her high school then kill herself. The young man was a student of Red Mountain high school, in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement." Well this makes a lot of sense...

      aldrin.campbell - 2012-12-21 08:50

      I'm actually laying in bed laughing at this! Good golly miss Molly! What the frikkadel!

  • aldrin.campbell - 2012-12-21 08:46

    16 yr old student teacher! What the frikkadel! Who wrote this article?

      joe.soapie.73 - 2012-12-21 10:42

      A student teacher (also called pupil-teacher) is a college or graduate student who is teaching under the supervision of a certified teacher in order to qualify for a degree in education. Also, Americans finish school at 16. So a 16 year old student teacher is not unusual.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-12-21 08:55

    A 16 year old female student who is a young man, as well?

      wayne.strydom - 2012-12-21 09:09

      Lol. It did say "transgendered". Sad people some of the Americans..

  • Ohminus.SpaceThys - 2012-12-21 09:06

    SO typical of News24, she and then he. Doesn't anyone proof read these articles?

      reinette.botha - 2012-12-21 10:01

      Proof reading, what is that? These days anything goes. Even at school they are learned that spelling does not matter as long as you can make out what is said or meant.

      jacowium - 2012-12-21 10:58

      (Reinette) "Even at school they are learned that ..." Well, schools really have changed - in my day we were TAUGHT at school!

  • frans.bezuidenhout.18 - 2012-12-21 10:13

    Another U.S. ^%$@# ed up teen. The land of the free and brave ?

  • frans.bezuidenhout.18 - 2012-12-21 10:17

    Amricas golden age ends with the Mayan calendar. They always were the ironman with clay feet.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-12-21 10:17

    So now we wait for all the liberals to call for the banning of computers……………damn hypocrites. Shoddy reporting by the way.

  • stanley.lefleur - 2012-12-21 10:18

    A good thing is that the father properly secured the guns, but those can also be obtained through criminal backdoor purchases? Don't blame the guns, as a person will pull the trigger.

      jacowium - 2012-12-21 11:05

      Yes, a person will pull a trigger thanks to mental issues AND a gun being readily available. I capitalised 'and' for a reason.

  • frans.bezuidenhout.18 - 2012-12-21 10:19

    arrested on Thursday a 16 year-old female student The young man was a student of Red Mountain Another confused Amertican - probably #3427645

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-12-21 10:20

    WTF??? Do they even have a clue??? Male or female...stupid Americans!!!

  • ruben.vandermerwe.5 - 2012-12-21 14:00

    Where can I find this video where she says all this?

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