Prescott Valley school shooting prevented after threatening emails found

PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ - A Prescott Valley school successfully prevented a possible shooting by collaborating with police after receiving threatening emails.

Staff from the Franklin Phonetic School on Monday reported to Prescott Valley police that they had received threatening and offensive emails for the second time, according to a report from the Prescott Valley Police Department.

This time, the emails referenced threats to shoot up the school or bomb it.

After the threatening emails were received the second time, detectives began working to locate the origin of the emails and identify the sender.

The combined efforts of the Prescott Valley Police Department, the Arizona State Gang Task Force, and the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center resulted in the successful tracking of a 15-year-old male, the alleged sender.

School officials say a student also informed them he had received a message from the suspect online, detailing those same threats.

According to the report, investigators found approximately 100 rounds of ammunition in the boy's possession.

They also learned he was actively seeking a handgun to carry out the threats and had researched how to make an explosive device but was unable to procure the parts.

During an interview, the boy stated he had intentions to shoot individuals at the school because he was angry with them for various reasons.

Parents were glad the school took action immediately.

"You gotta take them seriously every time because you don't want to be the one that didn't look into it and then something bad happens," said Tim Young.

The suspect was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center on one count of hoax, one count of threatening and intimidating, and one count of disruption of an educational institution.

The school reported receiving similar but less troubling emails, which police were previously notified of, on Nov. 22.

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