A juvenile court judge on Monday released to Child Protective Services a delinquent teenager who penned a note about a planned high school massacre.
Judge Andrew Klein of Maricopa County Superior Court reset Monday’s disposition hearing, the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing, to July 28, at which time he is expected to place Krystal Miller, 15, into a residential treatment center so she can get mental health care.
Klein said he didn’t believe keeping Miller locked up would do her any good, but the teenager’s parents have said they can’t provide the care she needs, so the judge turned her over to the state until a spot in a treatment center becomes available.
Miller has been in detention since May 28, when Klein found that her father and stepmother could no longer control her, despite their best efforts.
Miller on Monday promised she wouldn’t run away from any shelter CPS places her in, and Klein told her that if she doesn’t behave, she could end up in the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.
"There are a number of people sticking their necks out for you," Klein said. "There are people pulling for you."
Miller was arrested March 11 after Gilbert High School officials obtained a note she wrote to a fellow student that outlined a plan to shoot students.
Five other students also were arrested, but no charges were filed against them. On June 5, Klein found Miller delinquent on the charges of interfering with the school and threatening her biological mother. A delinquent finding is the juvenile equivalent of a guilty verdict in adult court. Miller’s attorney, David Smith, said four treatment centers have agreed to take her. Smith said Monday’s outcome is reasonable, but he still didn’t believe she did anything wrong.