Middle Schooler Plots to Shoot 23 Classmates And A Teacher

Posted By Urban News Hour | February 11, 2013

A Poway, Calif. student sent a threatening email over the weekend to a Twin Peaks Middle School administrator stating he planned to shoot a teacher and 23 fellow students at the school on Monday morning.

A California middle school student has been admitted to a local hospital for evaluation after allegedly threatening to open fire on classmates in an email to a school administrator Friday.Police took the 12-year-old into custody Saturday following the email threat against Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway, Calif.,

The student, who referenced 3,000 rounds of ammunition in the note, had reportedly planned the mass shooting to take place on Monday, Feb. 11. Authorities seized numerous rifles and shotguns from the student’s home Saturday.

The 7th grader, who remains unidentified, threatened to shoot 23 classmates and a teacher, who told the local station that she struggled to understand why she was targeted.

“I kept asking myself, `Why me?’ Literally wracking my brain trying to figure out who it is,” the teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Authorities believe the child planned to act alone.

Obviously, this situation is both saddening and disturbing,” Poway Unified School District superintendent John Collins said in a statement to the station.

“However, it is critical that all touched by this threat understand that the system worked.”

Schools across the country have been on high-alert in the weeks since 20 elementary school children and six educators were fatally shot by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.

An email sent to parents Sunday morning from Principal Kelly Burke read in part:

“As you can imagine, this incident is likely to draw considerable media attention, possibly even at the national level. Please take the time to discuss this situation with your children today, to ensure their comfort and safety.  At school, we will have counselors on hand to address the needs of any students who may feel vulnerable. I ask for your patience and understanding as we manage this situation and trust that we remain committed to keeping the safety of our children our highest priority.” 

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Source: nydailynews.com


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