It continues to be amazing how many believe they can post threats online without reprisal or notice.
The teenager was arrested without incident at his home in Maricopa Country after posting the threats in the comments section of a YouTube music video for the hit song "Pumped Up Kicks." "Pumped Up Kicks," by the group Foster the People, depicts a school shooting.
The boy, whose name was not released due to his age, was arrested early Tuesday morning after someone from out of state saw the comments online and called the authorities. The boy was arrested at his grandparents' home in north Phoenix, where he apparently lived.
Sergeant Jessie Spurgin, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said, "He gave out a specific place and time for when it would happen. That made it a little more credible in our eyes."
Spurgin added that a sawed-off shotgun was later found during a search of the boy's home. Investigators are still trying to determine if there was a connection between the threats and the weapon. The boy admitted posting the threats on YouTube.
The tenor of his comments would make one think the boy was expelled from Wigwam Creek Middle School, but he was not. Adding to the mystery, Ann Donahue, community liaison for the Litchfield Elementary School District, said the boy was not a "disciplinary problem" while he attended the school as a sixth-grader from October 2010 to March 2011. "He just moved away. There was no trouble."