Police investigate alleged "hit list" at Shadow Mountain High School

Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been detained for allegedly making a "hit list" of more than two dozen students and teachers he wanted to harm at his Phoenix high school.

Phoenix police say a parent notified officials at Shadow Mountain High near 30th Street and Shea on Thursday morning.

They say the unidentified boy didn't have any weapons on him when he went to school and his motive for the alleged threats isn't immediately clear.

Police say the teen's threats included creating his own bacteria of which he would be immune to.

But the school's principal says there were valid concerns for the students and staff.

Police say the boy could face threats charges along with disruption to an educational facility.

They say had no previous disciplinary or criminal issues.

Letter sent regarding the allegation:

Dear Shadow Mountain Parents and Guardians,

This letter is to inform you of a call I received this morning prior to the start of the school day. I received a phone call from a concerned parent informing me that a student had made an alleged "hit list".  The parent had valid safety concerns for our students and staff. The student was immediately brought to the office, and we are working closely with the Phoenix Police Department on this matter.

All students and staff are safe. We take all alleged threats seriously and investigate to the fullest extent. Alleged threats are not taken lightly and the student will be disciplined in accordance to the Parent Student Handbook.

At Shadow Mountain, the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our first priority. We take all reported allegations seriously and invest If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 602-449-3000 or dappleman@pvschools.net.


David Appleman

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press modified.
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