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Mom says 13-year-old son was on classmate’s “hit list”

A Glendale, Ariz., mom is furious over how an elementary school handled an alleged hit list texted from one student to another. The Phoenix Police Department confirmed on Wednesday that they are investigating threats made at Sonoran Sky Elementary School.

Marisol Valladares said her son’s name was on the hit list. She also said school officials wouldn’t tell her anything about it, even after she asked officials about the story her son was telling her.

“My son feels scared; he’s scared,” Valladares, who has a 13-year-old boy at Sonoran Sky, said. “I feel mad at the school — betrayed.”

She said her son told her and her husband about the threats after school Tuesday.

“I called the [Pendergast School] District and I was told… they called me a couple hours later and told me they could neither confirm nor deny,” Valladares said. Phoenix Police did confirm much of the story on Wednesday.

Officers are investigating threats texted by a 13-year-old student to another student. According to police, the text said the boy was planning to bring a gun to school and hurt some of his fellow students.

Police said the student who received the threatening text told school officials who immediately called police.

Officers did not find any weapons on campus and are still looking into whether or not the child who sent the text has access to guns. They’re also investigating to determine if the student had a motive for the threats.

“Even though nothing happened, thank God, they should notify the parents of kids that were listed there,” Valladares said.

Pendergast School District officials said they posted a notification to their website and notified parents on Wednesday. A district spokesperson said the student who sent the text is no longer at school and will not be returning.

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