[As released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona]
Sheriff’s Detectives Uncover Murder/Suicide Plot at Mesa’s Red Mountain High School
16 year-old Female Arrested and Booked
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that early this morning detectives from his Major Crimes Division arrested a 16 year-old female student from Red Mountain high school after uncovering her plot to gun down her school mates and then kill herself.
The girl’s threat was posted on a YouTube channel owned by a transgender community in Toronto, Canada. The owner of this channel contacted Toronto Police who, through investigative methods, tracked the poster, which ultimately turned out to be a teenage girl who lives in the area of Saguaro Lake. Toronto Police then contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and an investigation was started at 10:30PM yesterday evening.
According to Arpaio, Sheriff’s detectives reacted quickly, and within three hours, using investigative techniques, were led to a home in Mesa. Sheriff’s Detectives went to the home and questioned the girl in the presence of her parents and arrested the 16 year-old female after she admitted to posting the threat.
In the post the 16 year-old alludes to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre saying she planned her attack well in advance of Fridays shooting. The post, in parts reads, “I now literally have a plan of seriously hurting…killing…murdering people in my high school.” The post continued on by saying “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…)”
According to her post the 16 year old is a student teacher at the high school and in her interview with Sheriff’s detectives said she was scared because she thinks she may really carry out the plans detailed in the post, and “f@#king kill everyone.”
The 16 year-old also admitted to Sheriff’s detectives that she had thought about the killings for a while, planning to “cut the wires to the security carts” on campus so as to slow down the response during an explosion, and shoot people from the other side of a fence.
When Sheriff’s detectives entered the home this morning, they found three handguns including a semi-automatic .40 caliber, a .357 revolver, and a .22 revolver and seized two computers in the home to process for further evidence. The weapons were not seized but released to the girl’s father for safe keeping.
In the interview by Sheriff’s detectives of the girl’s parents both said their daughter has a history of mental health issues, has been seen by a 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.
“I have to commend my deputies it took them only three hours to get to the bottom of this and stopped anything before it could happen. We were very fortunate on this occasion to prevent another possible mass tragedy. It takes more than just Law Enforcement though. We need the active cooperation of parents, members of the community, and friends and neighbors to effectively stop these potential disasters before they happen.” Sheriff Arpaio says.
Sheriff Arpaio says the 16 year-old girl was arrested and booked into the custody of Maricopa County Juvenile Detention and is currently facing charges of one count of computer tampering and one count of threatening and intimidating.