Girl admits to writing threatening letter found at QC Middle School

The writer of a threatening note that was found last month at Queen Creek Middle School has been identified.

The girl, whose name was not released, is 12 years old and a student at the middle school, 20435 S. Old Ellsworth Road, Capt. Randy Bryce of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said during a phone interview.

The Queen Creek Unified School District did not bring charges against the girl, who admitted to deputies she had written the letter, Capt. Bryce said.

While he would not release the full contents of the note, Capt. Bryce said it mentioned the names of some middle school students, all of whom have been notified. He said the writer did not make direct threats against the students, but called the thoughts expressed in it “disturbing” for a person of that age.

The note was found Jan. 6 by a staff member in a classroom toward the end of the school day. The following day, MCSO increased its presence at the school during the investigation, which lasted about two weeks, Capt. Bryce said.

When the letter was found, the sheriff’s office said it did not believe the letter was a credible threat or presented a dangerous situation to the school population, according to a press release issued at that time.

The school district was unable to release personal identifying information about the students and staff involved to protect the privacy of each individual, Jen Cochran, the school district’s public relations specialist, said in an e-mailed response to the Independent’s questions about whether the girl was still in school or receiving counseling.

“Queen Creek Middle School administration handled the situation appropriately with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and followed protocol in place for assessing and managing threats to school safety and keeping all students and staff safe,” Ms. Cochran said in her e-mail.

 

News Editor Wendy Miller can be contacted at 480-982-7799 and via e-mail at qcnews@newszap.com, or follow her on Twitter @WendyNewszap123.

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