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12/18/2012 6:01:00 AM
Scary Facebook post puts schools on alert
One arrested; police make presence known

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - "I'm down to go to a school and kill a bunch of little kids."

That's what a 17-year-old former Kingman High School student who was withdrawn from the school in November because of absenteeism reportedly posted on his Facebook page Friday, starting a chain of events that led many parents to keep their kids out of school Monday.

After learning from the teen's father that he wanted to turn himself in, Mohave County Sheriff's detectives arrested the subject Sunday on a probation violation felony warrant. He was booked into the Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center on the warrant and an unrelated burglary charge being investigated by the Kingman Police Department. The investigation into the reported threat is being forwarded to the County Attorney's Office for review.

Detectives received an anonymous tip regarding the post Saturday afternoon, but by that time it had been deleted. It wasn't until the subject's family came forward with a copy of the actual post Monday that detectives were able to learn exactly what was posted.

After the arrest, the subject told detectives that the post was an act of stupidity and that he doesn't want to hurt anybody, according to Trish Carter, MCSO public information specialist.

Kingman Unified School District Superintendent Roger Jacks sent out a one-call to the parents of all Kingman High students Sunday to inform them of the incident, the subject's arrest and the fact that there would be an increased police presence at the school throughout the week.

Since information the district received was coming from secondary sources, there was confusion as to whether the subject made a threat directed at Kingman High or a threat directed at no school in particular.

"We're trying to be proactive, especially in light of things that happened Friday," Jacks said.

Once parents learned of the incident through the one-call, many of them decided to hold their children out of school Monday.

A total of 265 students missed school at KHS Monday, an increase of 155 students compared to Dec. 10.

Kingman High has about 1,600 students currently enrolled.

Jacks also sent a one-call out to the parents of all district students Sunday, informing them that there would be an increased police presence at all district schools this week.

Susan Chan, the district administrator for the Kingman Academy of Learning, said she was informed of the post Monday.

Though she received numerous calls from parents Monday, none of them wanted to talk about the alleged Facebook threat.

They wanted to talk about KAOL's safety plans, Chan said.

She has met with all KAOL principals in order to reiterate the district's emergency safety plans and to remind them to be on high alert for the time being.

In turn, the principals are expected to meet with the teachers and staff at the schools they're in charge of to relay the message.

"I've told them just to be ultra-aware of their surroundings this week," Chan said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: love the locals

@ Marie Smith, sorry but you are wrong. When the buses dropped at the schools there was not any extra security. Having an extra patrol going from school to school is not increased security. Also Desert Willow had NO security at all , when questioned about it they said " well no one really knows that we are open plus we are right next to WCMS so if there is a problem we can call over there" KUSD failed to do what they said by barely doing anything

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Responding Because I Want To

@ Marie Smith--

Donna Gore did not say that she attended KHS (Kingman High School), she attended KAOL (Kingman Academy of Learning) High School. :)

Just Sayinggg..


Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Many Questions and comments

I am looking at the date on this article and seeing the dates this occurred. Why did it take so long to reach the paper?? I do not have any children at the high school any longer so I knew nothing of this.

Regarding Hualapai, I found a sense of peace when I took my child to school Monday. I had forgotten there is a Fire Station next door, and noticed there were firemen standing in the driveway watching everyone who entered the school premises.

I find it sad, though, in the midst of a discussion on the safety of our children, people find this to be the place to debate a name! I am just taken aback about this. Find a different string to debate this discrepancy.


Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Thankful Parent

I saw the same task force officer at KMS and Hualapai Elementary, certainly before the "end of the day". I was happy to see this. Maybe the office staff was not all sure when there were officers present outside the schools? I was thankful that there was the presence there was!

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Marie Smith

@ Donna Gore - Been at KHS 5 years, lockdown drills occur every single year. You're wrong.

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Marie Smith

@Love the Locals -- Sorry, you are wrong. There were extra police and security, watched move around all day long.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: tony wise

[I think he needs to see the inside of a prison]. if for nothing else just to wake him up to whats ahead if he does this kind of thing in the future.
This kind of stuff isn't funny in light of whats been going on in the schools. I for one don't beleave the Im' sorry plea. he knew what he was doing when he did it. but lets all give him a pass until he does something worse. I thank all those who do the right thing not the stupid thing. He only tryed to get rid of what he posted because he didn't want to get caught, To his parent who turned it in thank you and God Bless you.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's felonious cousin .....

@the other Anson family member....thanks for steering me around any...felonies. Of course, even a half-wit here knows that the citizenry needs to be responsibly armed (it's a matter of principle, you know - if they take away your historic rights to being armed, other historic rights mentioned contemporaneously in those Founding Documents may be in danger). Anyway, one of my/our inbred cousins here said it - "I'd rather have a gun in my hand than a cop on the phone". Maybe it's the mountain air here. Take a deep whiff and learn something.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Original JJ JJ

me being against someone else borrowing the same alias has got nothing to do with "fame." It's got to do with someone saying something i may or may not believe or support but to others it appears to be me. I prefer that not be the case. And I prefer to stay private with my real name because i am, in fact, somewhat famous.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Anson's Felonious half-wit nephew, Larry Athens, from the Ozarks.....

Cool, go for it. Of course you won’t be able to use that old lady’s name (she’s protected) but otherwise it sounds like fun.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Misty Lockwood

I do want to extend a thank you to Mrs. Slaone (sorry if the is spelled wrong) at the district office, Mr. Jack's secretary, for being so kind, caring, compassionate and trying to find a solution to the problem at hand. I do appreciate her and her time. I want her to know it did not go unnoticed! She listened to me, conversed with me when I know she was very busy. I know she truly cares. In a time where it's seems everyone is complaining, including myself, I think she deserves some gratitude! She is a wonderful asset to the district. I hope they appreciate her, as she was the only comforting part of this mess and experience!

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: J J

Dont listen to the JJ pretending to be the original! Both "JJ posters" are IMPOSTAAAS! Because I gauge my self worth and respect on having a "famous" name on an online newspaper comment section!

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: love the locals

Mr Jacks said in his "ONE CALL"
that their would be extra security at the schools. Other parents told me that they were informed that there would be police at the schools. This was not the case. No extra security / police were at KHS. KMS, WCMS, Manzanita. If the district was trying to calm parents fears, they failed.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Misty Lockwood

@ Hualapai School

Is that all you have to say?Are you legitimately satisfied with that response?And if so I find that is pathetic that you would expect the parents of Hualapai to be satisfied with that answer. These are our children, our future, our pride and joys. Absolutely disheartening. It's a wonder the district is experiencing a drop in enrollment and seeing an increase in online enrollment,especially with those kind of answers,of an officer was there by the end of the day (an hour). Now that's setting a high standard of safety for our children. I could go on about this forever but I will not. Let's say what looks good and leave out the details? Okay? I was just told today after speaking with the principal, who was crass, insensitive, and abrupt, that the officer arrive and was there about an hour. Heaven forbid some yahoo chose to go to Hualapai and do something tragic during the time I was dropping off my son or up until 2:30 that day (considering that it was unclear as to what school the threat of violence was directed at). UNPREPARED! All I wanted was a caring, educated response from my principal as to the "heightened security" at our school, a term used in the message sent to us by the district. Period. I didn't expect the whole police dept. just a visible presence. Maybe just owning up would be a nice start!


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Our Community Must Help This Person

whoever is responsible for such talk needs to be taken very very seriously. the person's home, car and anywhere else he could hind a weapon needs to be searched. he needs to be monitored carefully. we know such talk often dismissed as senseless can be a outward call for help

we must get away from glorifying weapons, destruction, killing. the miner needs to be a responsible news source and stop printing gun sales, gun-related "sporting" events. We must remove guns as the first thought of an adolescent in pain.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Felonious half-wit nephew, Larry Athens, from the Ozarks.....

I was having a bad day until the Web guy's words caught my eye! This is great. From now on, I'll post ultra-conservative and respectful comments under the Anson family name, and consider posting skeptical comments under a certain old woman's name here. This web forum might be fun after all.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Hualapai school .

Yesterday, when the school day ended a police officer was in front of the school,.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: patti sanford

Am I understanding this correctly? This is a kid who has been kicked out of school and is on probation so he has a record and because he says it was stupid and he doesn't want to hurt anyone he is not being charged with this threat. Of course he said that do you really think he is going to admit it. He said Lanza is a hero to him. Wake up people with kids like this our kids are not safe.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Misty Lockwood

@ Origional Kingman Resident

If you read what I said I understand the man was busy. I would have been happy with a call this morning. Also, If you read correctly, my son that attends KHS did attend school yesterday! So, my son was one of those as you stated "students who actually attended school yesterday". While my youngest did not because I was not satisfied with the answer or lack there from the Hualapai principal. I do appreciate the fact that he was going around to the schools (superintendent). Maybe to little to late... Had there or was there a concrete plan to execute in a time like this maybe he could have been returning phones calls, at least the next day. That's like the President showing up or speaking after the fact.. Maybe that's extreme but I am trying to make a point. I do believe the issue with me in regards to your comment lies in the fact that you stated "if I had a student in the school". Well you don't and until you do I don't expect you to speak from a place of any great value because it is a total different feeling. Had I not had children in the district or in school I might respond the way you have. You also stated the the principal could spend his time walking the halls ect.. good he should. If your read correctly I phoned the superintendent for a call back, not the principal! Taking those phone calls could play a huge role in the answer to the solutions to this problem as it might lead to many different enlightening ideas by various ends of the spectrum. In reading my comment you mixed up superintendent with principal.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Misty Lockwood

I wonder if the superintendent, district, and principals make it a point to read these comments? It seems to me it would be enlightening and maybe help aid in finding some solutions to these issues. At least they would know where the concerned parents are coming from. On a brighter note I want to personally applaud the parents of Kingman. A lot of people knock Kingman and the people who live here but, at the moment the parents of this town are speaking up and showing how important their children are to them. It's nice to know I live in a community with so many caring parents as its mostly the bad who we are made aware of!

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@Misty Lockwood

Maybe the superintendent and the school principal didn't return your calls because they were busy seeing to the safety of the students who actually attended school that day.
If I had a student in the school, I'd much rather the principal spend his time paying attention to the hallways, classrooms, and students, than talking on the phone.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Donna Gore

I attended KAOL High all 4 years and not once did we have a lock down drill or any plan ideas. The only drills we ever did were fire drills.. They have not drilled the kids at all or even practiced a lock down while I attended that school.. I also work in the school district and kids do not take drills seriously, parents need to explain to their kids the importance of a drill..

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: J J

Can whomever this other "new" JJ is use a different name? I've been using JJ on here for like three years, and suddenly someone else, that isn't me, is using it. It wouldn't be ok for someone to be using Anson's Nephew or Linda Athens with a different email addy, so can you change your handle, please?

admins? got any opinion?
cheers

[Aliases are not protected. Sorry. -- Web Admin]


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: D W

I called a few of the schools yesterday. Had to leave messages for the Principles since the ladies answering the phones had no concern about the students. Lee Williams secretary advised me that "Supposedly they were going to have extra security but the threat was towards that school". After the Principle called me back very promptly & explained what was going on I felt better but I did advise him of the lady on the phone really making a Mother feel that her Child is Safe. I also called White Cliffs where the lady there advised me that they had extra security & that he's there all day every day. When I asked if it's the normal security guard that's always there & she replied yes & I then said so are you telling me you Don't Have Extra Security like you just said? She then advised me that she didn't know anything and she had just gotten there. Again-makes a Mother feel the safety for her child. I called back to leave a message for Mr. Angle the Principle-he FINALLY returned my phone call at 5:21PM. I also had left a message for Super Intendant Mr. Jacks at 8:02AM BUT have yet to hear back from him. This really doesn't assure the safety of our children here in Kingman. Leave messages for all us parents that All of Our KUSD Schools will be on Alert AND Law Enforcement Agencies will have increased presence at ALL of our schools. then when you call schools some people don't know what you're talking about or are not concerned about it??

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Misty Lockwood

As a single mother I was torn by the mother side of me wanting to keep my two children, one at Hualapai and one at KHS home, and the "father" side of me saying oh things will be fine we can't live in fear.So, I decided to go to both schools Monday morning in order to make a better educated decision for my family and speak to each school regarding their "heightened security" policy and procedures. What I found was that KHS made me feel a little bit better but not totally comfortable. While Hualapai was a joke!I spoke to the principal and asked him a few basic questions. He response was minimal and vague.He flat told me he did not know if they would have police presence or not. I left feeling no solace and immediately called the district office.I spoke with the superintendents secretary and while she was very nice and herself comforting I was told I would get a call back.NO call back occurred. Basically boiled down is our district is not on the same page.Cerbat parents were greeted by their principal and an armed police officer.Why was Hualapai not and why did the principal not know what was going on with his school.He is the "sheriff" of his school so to speak.If he doesn't know what to do or what is going on how are his faculty and staff supposed to know what or how to protect our children and keep them safe.I was appalled. I removed my child from school for the rest of the day all the while waiting for a return phone call from my superintendent.I do understand he was busy.This morning I woke up called the district and let them know how disappointed I was and that I have removed my child form their school until someone gets back to me regarding this issue. I don't care if it a month. My child will not go back until I find some solace.I refuse to leave my child's life and safety in the hands of a principal who tells me "I don't know"!


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