Threats of school violence happen from time to time, and they may be a cry for help, or may be the real deal. This one was rather close to home, I have known kids that go to Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway, CA – we used to live just a couple miles from this school. Yesterday, Saturday morning, a Twin Peaks school administrator received an e-mail from a 12 year old boy that had been sent on Friday night.
“The threat indicated that on Monday, Feb. 11, 23 students and a Twin Peaks Middle School teacher would be shot,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Bill Donahue, who is with the Poway sheriff’s substation.
Surrounded by the superintendent of the Poway Unified School District, along with Poway’s mayor and the head of the school board, Donahue said the person who sent the email talked about having the firepower to carry out a devastating attack. “The email made reference to 3,000 rounds of ammunition as well as numerous firearms,” he said.
Capt. Donahue said the Sheriff’s department immediately began working with the Poway Unified School District and they called in their so-called CATCH team that specializes in cyber crime.
He said within hours detectives had a suspect, a 12-year-old student who is a 7th grader at Twin Peaks Middle School. A search warrant executed at the student’s home on Saturday afternoon turned up a disturbing discovery. Law Enforcement discovered “Several computers, along with numerous rifles and handguns.”
Capt. Donahue said the student’s parents were shocked at the allegations against their son. He said the guns were locked up and that the student did not have access to a key. “A total of five rifles, three shotguns and three handguns were taken,” he said. Read more here at San Diego 10 News.
San Diego NBC 7 News added that they had interviewed the teacher who was specifically threatened, and she honestly did not know of any reason this child would want to harm her, or his fellow students. NBC 7 news also said the boy’s father had the guns locked up, and that his parents were shocked. They added that when the boy was interviewed by the Sheriff he was very scared.
I am not sure if he would have really done it, perhaps if he really wanted to – he would not have sent the e-mail. Thank goodness everyone involved took this very seriously, this is actually a good news story. Hopefully they can get this boy the help he needs – and that he will apparently continually need for the rest of his life.
The Principal of Twin Peaks Middle School said there would be school on Monday. A letter was sent to the parents, read the complete letter here.