Valley dad says Paradise Valley High School ignored possible threat

PARADISE VALLEY, AZ - A Valley dad is furious after he says Paradise Valley High School did nothing when teens walked onto campus carrying guns.

"On Tuesday I received a call from my daughter. My daughter informed me she had been shot," said Jeff Sanders.

When Sanders got that call, he rushed to school to make sure his 15-year-old daughter was okay.

"He approached her on foot and shot her in the hip with a weapon," Sanders said.

It turns out it was an airsoft BB gun.

"Convincing my daughter of that is a little different. She's not a weapons expert, she didn't identify the weapon as a non-lethal weapon," Sanders said.

Sanders' daughter said school had just let out when three teens with guns came walking onto campus.

"All three boys had weapons in the waistband and proceeded to take the weapons out and wave them around and attempt to intimidate people," Sanders said.

Sanders said an aide chased the kids off campus.

"I asked immediately for the police to be called, if 911 had been called. I was informed they had not," he said.

The school did call police, not 911, but the non-emergency number. Video from Sanders' cell phone shows what happened next.

"A call came out at the community center which is just north of the high school that there was a boy pointing a gun at another boy," Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

Sanders said he's not mad at police, he's mad at the school.

"I think what went wrong is they didn't take it seriously. I don't think there was a plan or protocol in place for a shooting or a shooter on site," he said.

Paradise Valley Unified School District issued a statement saying in part, "The School Resource Officer determined that since the imminent risk had passed, it was not appropriate to call 911."

The school also sent an email to parents letting them know what had happened.

The student who allegedly shot Sanders' daughter goes to a different school in the district.

No word yet on his punishment at school, but he is facing assault charges.

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