Online threat against Mountain Pointe High in Ahwatukee Foothills under investigation

Posted: September 24, 2018 / Source:

Phoenix police are investigating a threat posted online Sunday night targeting Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee Foothills.

School officials said the threat, which included a photo of a handgun, had been posted to an anonymous social media account.

The photo of the handgun and an additional magazine clip was shared on Snapchat with the caption, "Don't come to school Monday, Mountain Pointe High School kids are next, can't wait."

The Snapchat image was reshared multiple times across social media, prompting Mountain Pointe administration to post a message to the school's website late Sunday night. 

"Administration was made aware of a social media post made tonight that threatened violence toward Mountain Pointe," the post read. "We immediately notified Phoenix Police, who have also received numerous reports about the threat from concerned community members."

It wasn't immediately clear whether the threat was credible.

At 5:30 a.m. on Monday, the administration posted a follow-up message to parents, saying the school would be open but that teachers will be instructed not to penalize absent students. 

Mountain Pointe parent Danica Enderle Stanek has two sons who attend the high school.

"We decided last night that they would not be attending school today because of the threat and concerns over their safety," she said.

Students were instructed to leave their backpacks at home and wear their school identification cards.

In a post on the school's Facebook page, officials told parents there would be an increased police presence on campus Monday.

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