April 29, 2005
A Chandler high school student was arrested Thursday after scared students reported that she threatened to shoot staff members and classmates, police said.
Staff members at Basha High School also found a notebook with a detailed map of the school campus and plans on how to carry out the shooting, said Chandler detective George Arias.
Students approached school administrators at 2 p.m. saying the 17-year-old sophomore made several verbal threats to carry out a school shooting. A school resource officer then detained her for questioning.
The teen, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of interfering with an educational institution.
Terry Locke, spokesman for the Chandler Unified School District, applauded the students.
"One of the things we start preaching to kids from a very early age is if you have information related to the safety of your school, your house, your church, tell an adult. And that’s what happened in this case," Locke said. "We had kids come forward. We took it seriously."
- Tribune writer Beth Lucas contributed to this report