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A 12-year-old student in California was detained Saturday (Feb. 9), for allegedly plotting to kill 23 classmates, and a teacher. The child was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation.

The unidentified youngster attends Twin Peaks Middle School in the Southern California town of Poway, and sent an email to a school administrator explaining the plan. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the home where the child lives, and uncovered several riffles and handguns. The email in question was sent Friday night, and made reference to having 3,000 of ammunition.


From NBC San Diego:

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 located at 14640 Tierra Bonita Rd.

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.


In wake of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre last December, Poway Unified School District superintendent John Collins praised authorities for stopping another potential mass shooting. “Obviously, this situation is both saddening and disturbing. However, it is critical that all touched by this threat understand that the system worked,” Collins said.

Since Sandy Hook there have been several school shootings, including in Atlanta, Central California, and in Michigan a 3rd grader brought a gun to school that was immediately confiscated.

Photo: Chris Chan