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PHOENIX - Officials in the U.S. say detectives have arrested a 16-year-old female student and foiled an Arizona school shooting plot with the help of Toronto police.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the girl's threat was posted on a YouTube channel owned by a transgender community in Toronto.

The owner of the channel contacted Toronto police who then tracked down the teen who had plans to gun down her schoolmates at Red Mountain High and kill herself.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. detectives acted within hours of being alerted by officers in Toronto on Wednesday and visited the girl's home in Mesa, Ariz., some 32 kilometres from Phoenix.

Police say the girl was arrested after she admitted posting the threat.

They say the teen told officers she planned the attack well ahead of last Friday's school massacre in Connecticut, where 20 young children and six adults died in a shooting rampage.

Police say they found three handguns at the teen's home, but the weapons were released to the girl's father for safe keeping.

They said the girl's parents both told detectives that their daughter had a history of mental health issues, had been seen by a psychiatrist, and had recently been asking about where the guns were kept in the house.

The teen is being detained at a juvenile facility and is facing charges of one count of computer tampering and one count of threatening and intimidating.

"We were very fortunate on this occasion to prevent another possible mass tragedy," Arpaio said in a statement. "It takes more than just law enforcement though. We need the active co-operation of parents, members of the community, and friends and neighbours to effectively stop these potential disasters before they happen."

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A lot of crazies in the world to bad in America anybody can get a gun even a 16 year old girl what a joke.

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Parents of children with mental and emotional issues that ask about guns, have an obsession or fascintation with guns or other weapons WAKE UP! Talk to your professionals, have a support group and use it. Do something but don't just tell yourself it's under control. Maybe that's what the officer is saying but is anyone listening. If you know anyone like that try to be involved, just saying.

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Police say they found three handguns at the teen's home, but the weapons were released to the girl's father for safe keeping.

They said the girl's parents both told detectives that their daughter had a history of mental health issues, had been seen by a psychiatrist, and had recently been asking about where the guns were kept in the house.

So am I the only one completely disturbed by this? The parents have obviously already shown a lack of responsibility with the firearms in that they had a mentally unstable child who was able to access them in the first place! So they were given back "for safe keeping"??....not sure they get the concept.

The girl had been "asking" about the guns and then ended up with them, that's a problem. I don't think guns should be kept in the house in this situation.

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So am I the only one completely disturbed by this? The parents have obviously already shown a lack of responsibility with the firearms in that they had a mentally unstable child who was able to access them in the first place! So they were given back "for safe keeping"??....not sure they get the concept.

The girl had been "asking" about the guns and then ended up with them, that's a problem. I don't think guns should be kept in the house in this situation

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So am I the only one completely disturbed by this? The parents have obviously already shown a lack of responsibility with the firearms in that they had a mentally unstable child who was able to access them in the first place! So they were given back "for safe keeping"??....not sure they get the concept.

The girl had been "asking" about the guns and then ended up with them, that's a problem. I don't think guns should be kept in the house in this situation.

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I am too.

That's what I don't get about Americans and their Amendments.

They say it's their "right" to have a gun.

They say "guns don't kill people, people kill people".

They blame all the shootings on "mental health issues".

Yet, the guns are given back to the family...

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According to the Constitution, Heretic, even if that part of it was severely dated in my view, it IS their right to have a gun, for protection and sporting. The huge problem is when loony tune froot loop wingnuts like the NRA attempt to stretch this right to cover military grade killing weapons. The mental health system is to put it very very nicely "a big f***ing joke." The truth of the matter is in a lot of these cases involving assault rifles? The perpetrators have been under psychiatric treatment...if you want to blame ANYTHING for this rash of shootings and violence...blame the poisons being hawked by these god damn pharmaceutical companies, made available to these quack psychotherapists and psychiatrists who then prescribe them to teenagers. They are dangerous poisons that do affect your brain, your ability to think and make reasonable decisions...the problem here isn't the instruments of destruction these people have employed to carry out their schemes...it's the sorry ass state of the mental health system and their propensity to put younger and younger children on ADHD drugs and Ritalin and Adderall and Prozac...which do more damage to the brain and the psyche than the symptoms they are attempting to cure.

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Sadly, i don't see the gun laws changing because gun nuts would take a law change as an act of war.

There would be more tragedy's involved with trying to take guns away from militias and gangbangers than there would be if things remained status-quo.

Even if the type of guns around when the 2nd amendment was written are difficult-to-load peashooters, and there's no way in hell the people who wrote it would've allowed civilian-version M16 rifles, that amendment will likely stand forever.

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PHOENIX - Officials in the U.S. say detectives have arrested a 16-year-old female student and foiled an Arizona school shooting plot with the help of Toronto police.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says the girl's threat was posted on a YouTube channel owned by a transgender community in Toronto.

The owner of the channel contacted Toronto police who then tracked down the teen who had plans to gun down her schoolmates at Red Mountain High and kill herself.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. detectives acted within hours of being alerted by officers in Toronto on Wednesday and visited the girl's home in Mesa, Ariz., some 32 kilometres from Phoenix.

Police say the girl was arrested after she admitted posting the threat.

They say the teen told officers she planned the attack well ahead of last Friday's school massacre in Connecticut, where 20 young children and six adults died in a shooting rampage.

Police say they found three handguns at the teen's home, but the weapons were released to the girl's father for safe keeping.

They said the girl's parents both told detectives that their daughter had a history of mental health issues, had been seen by a psychiatrist, and had recently been asking about where the guns were kept in the house.

The teen is being detained at a juvenile facility and is facing charges of one count of computer tampering and one count of threatening and intimidating.

"We were very fortunate on this occasion to prevent another possible mass tragedy," Arpaio said in a statement. "It takes more than just law enforcement though. We need the active co-operation of parents, members of the community, and friends and neighbours to effectively stop these potential disasters before they happen."

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A lot of crazies in the world to bad in America anybody can get a gun even a 16 year old girl what a joke.

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