Arizona school shooting hoax exposed by Colorado high schooler

Snapchat photo saved by Colorado high school student that exposed a school shooting hoax in Arizona. (Photo courtesy KUSA)

NORTHGLEN, Colo. (KUSA) – We’re often told, “If you see something, say something.”

And that’s exactly what a Colorado high schooler did after she saw a disturbing threat on snapchat.

Monday afternoon, a picture popped up on a Colorado student’s phone during school.

The student, Kaylee, uses Snapchat, a popular social media app for photos and video.  But, she but didn’t know who this person was.

“It freaked me out,” says Kaylee.

Saving the photo in the app means the person on the other end is notified.  But, she did it anyway so she could ask her mom what to do.

“Should I be concerned?” she wrote mother.

Her mom’s answer was pretty clear.

“Do not pass go, go directly to the office,” said the mother. “You need to tell somebody.”

The 16-year-old then went to the Northglenn school resource officer.

It turns out the person who posted the photo, directly contacted Kaylee.

He knew she saved the threatening image.

“I didn’t want to assume it was a joke because if I would have woken up today and seen that he really did shoot up a school, I know how bad I would have felt If I know I could possibly have stopped it,” said Kaylee.

After a brief text conversation, the person on the other end of the phone told her he attends Sierra Linda, a high school in Arizona more than 800 miles away.

Phoenix police arrested the teen but he said it was all a prank.

A true hoax or not, he faces a felony charge.

Kaylee’s mother, Jackie, believes it took guts for her daughter to help police track down who sent the disturbing message, and couldn’t be more proud of her daughter.

“If you see something, you should go and tell somebody because you never know if it’s a joke or if it’s real and you can end up saving a lot of people’s lives,” said Jackie.

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