GLENDALE, AZ - Two teenagers at a Glendale high school were killed Friday morning in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
Glendale police spokesperson Tracey Breeden said officers responded to calls of a shooting at Independence High School near 75th and Glendale avenues just before 8 a.m., right around the time school was scheduled to begin for the day.
.@GlendaleAZPD responded to Independence H.S. in less than two minutes and found two 15-year-old, female students dead on scene. @abc15
She called her parents to tell them she was OK and said her mother was relieved because she had been watching the news.
The principal of Independence High School sent a letter to parents which reads:
It is with a heavy heart I inform you that a tragedy occurred at Independence High School today. Before the start of school today, two female students lost their lives while on campus.
The school was immediately placed in lock down and the Glendale Police Department responded quickly, assessing the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
The Glendale Police Department secured the scene and immediately began their investigation. We are working in partnership with the police department as the investigation continues.
As stated in the media press conference, this tragedy was an isolated incident. There was never an active shooter on campus and police are not searching for a suspect.
Our hearts and minds are with the families who lost their children today. We offer our deepest condolences. As an Independence community we will support the families and each other. We will be providing a team of social workers for our students and families tomorrow (Saturday, February 13). They will be available from 9 a.m. to noon in the Media Center. As well, the team will be available to support students when they return to school on Tuesday.
We thank you for your support and understanding as our community deals with this tragedy.
Glendale Union High School District: "Our hearts and thoughts are with the families affected by this tragedy." pic.twitter.com/C1uDexmEFi