Poway Student's Parents Apologize to School

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013  |  Updated 9:24 AM PDT
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Extra Deputies at Poway School After Threat

Extra deputies arrived Monday at Twin Peaks Middle School after a threat was made by a student.

Teacher Thought Shooting Plot Was "Bad Prank"

A teacher named in an alleged shooting plot at a Poway middle school was shocked to learn her name was on a so-called hit list.
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Days after a 12-year-old boy allegedly threatened a mass shooting at a Poway middle school his parents released a statement apologizing to the teachers and students.

The Twin Peaks Middle School principal received an email Friday indicating a teacher and 23 students would be shot yesterday morning.

San Diego County sheriff’s deputies traced the source of the email and took a 7th grader into custody. The boy has not been identified.

On Tuesday, the boy's parents addressed their son's arrest.

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His parents said the child was dealing with a lot of emotional problems and had no intention of carrying out the threat.

In a statement through their lawyer, the parents said, "Presently, the minor is receiving, and will continue to receive, mental health treatment. The child is dealing with emotional problems, while also coping with one parent's battle with cancer."

Investigators seized 11 guns at the boy's home but authorities say all were locked away and he couldn't have accessed them.

The boy's parents say the weapons in their home were secured and inaccessible to the boy.

The child’s name hasn't been released by officials.

He could be charged with making a terrorist threat.

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