A man accused of causing a lockdown at two Scottsdale schools had told his mother he knew white supremacists were planning to kill staff and students, a police report shows.
Nathan William Swann, 18, a Scottsdale resident and Arcadia High School dropout, was arrested the day after the May 16 lockdown, which disrupted two schools and resulted in students having to skip lunch and urinate in classroom trash cans. On Friday, Swann was being held at Maricopa County’s Durango Jail on $5,400 bail.
Swann acted alone and made up the threat about eight people who intended to kill people with shotguns, Uzis and hand grenades, police said. He was trying to impress a girl, hoping she would see him as a hero who warned her against going to school during a day of potential danger, police said.
Becky Swann, a teacher at Anasazi Elementary, told Anasazi principal Jeff Quizberg about her son’s threat. Quizberg then alerted Desert Mountain High School administrators, the report said. The high school and Mountainside Middle School were then locked down for about four hours. Thirty-one officers, including the SWAT team, were sent to the schools.
Police later questioned Swann for two hours, according to a report. At first, he refused to say who told him about the eight white supremacists, claiming he would be killed for talking about the plot, the report states.
Finally, he told police that one of his friends called Swann’s girlfriend to pass on the threat. The girl and her brother skipped school that day, the report states.
Swann was arrested on suspicion of a probation violation, disruption of an educational institution and false reporting, police said.