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#1 Hum

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 23:06

A Poway 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.

Detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department investigated the alleged shooting threat Saturday and found numerous rifles and handguns in the 12-year-old student's home.

According to officials, the email threat -- which was sent to a school administrator Friday night -- made reference to 3,000 rounds of ammunition as well as numerous firearms in the planned shooting at the Poway middle school.

NBC 7 spoke exclusively with the teacher referenced in the email. She wishes to remain anonymous to protect her safety.

"I kept asking myself, `Why me?' Literally wracking my brain trying to figure out who it is," she said.

Detectives worked with the Poway Unified School District and San Diego's Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team to identify the source of the email. CATCH is a taskforce of federal, state and local agencies that investigate technology related crimes.

After identifying this particular Twin Peaks Middle School student as the source of the email, detectives served a search warrant at the boy's house and confiscated numerous rifles and handguns, as well as several computers.

On Saturday at around 5:30 p.m., the 7th grade student was taken into custody and admitted to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Detectives believe the boy planned to act alone and say there is no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in making the threats.

The school and law officials are on high-alert.

"This could really happen anytime, anywhere," the Poway teacher threatened in the email told NBC 7.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:16

The email sounds like a plea for help to me. If he had seriously wanted to open fire at the school he would have done it without warning someone.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:35

"found numerous rifles and handguns in the 12-year-old student's home"
Lying out in the open with a "Take Me" sign?

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:27

that sounds distrubing................

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:34

12 sounds awfully young to have a violent grudge. :s

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 14:58

12 sounds awfully young to have a violent grudge. :s

When I was 12, I was bullied and beaten a lot, and harbored lots of hate at that age. Maybe that is where this kid is coming from, who knows.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:34

So...where are his parents? And what did they have to say about this? Were the guns properly stored, secured, and locked down? Did this kid think this email wouldn't have been traced back to him? I mean, I know kids these days think internet anonymity is some sort of "given", but to be that stupid...

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:37

You can be arrested at 12 ?

I'd have thought the parents would have been arrested and child put into social services or something

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:49

You can be arrested at 12 ?

I'd have thought the parents would have been arrested and child put into social services or something


You can be arrested at any age. We've had 13 year old kids, and younger, placed in prison for their crimes. Like the one who killed her sister and was charged as an adult...

Edit: Link corrected.

Edited by LogicalApex, 11 February 2013 - 16:04.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:53

You can be arrested at any age. We've had 13 year old kids, and younger, placed in prison for their crimes. Like the one who killed her sister and was charged as an adult...


lol your link takes me to Amazon for a detachable charger :D

I wonder if its different in the UK, never checked up before

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 15:55

same here! hahaha


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 16:05

lol your link takes me to Amazon for a detachable charger :D

I wonder if its different in the UK, never checked up before

same here! hahaha


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Link corrected, sorry was replying to two threads, talking on IM, and using multiple computers. I pasted the wrong link. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 16:21

Link corrected, sorry was replying to two threads, talking on IM, and using multiple computers. I pasted the wrong link. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


And they say men can't multi-task, phfft :rofl: