MESA, AZ - A Toronto video blogger received a message about a
murderous plot at a high school somewhere in the United States; turns out, that plot was written by a sixteen-year-old girl in Saguaro Lake.
The target: Red Mountain High School in Mesa.
The blogger, Alex Haney, 25, contacted the Toronto Police Department after hearing a fellow blogger in California also received the very same message.
"My reaction was, this person needs help," Haney told ABC15 via Skype from his home.
Haney blogs about transgender issues on YouTube, which is why he believes the stranger contacted him.
"They were saying they're "trans," and that's why they're reaching out to me," he said.
The teenage suspect wrote the post under a boy's name, said a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.
"I didn't want to reply and say the wrong thing," Haney told ABC15, "and possibly make it worse."
The message said, in part:
I now literally have a plan of seriously hurting… killing… murdering people in my high school… I WORK at the high school as a student teacher basically… which is why no one can find out about me somewhat accidentally planning to blow up the school… (and yes… it would be super easy.)
Toronto police detectives ultimately contacted MCSO when they learned where the threat was made.
The teen was arrested at her home on Wednesday night.