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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.
You may not remember this story on the news or it may not have aired in your area.
BLOG POST #159: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 14-year-old high school freshman.
First Day Of School Threat
A few years ago, during the weekend before the first day of school, the young teen warned friends on a social media site he wanted to “kill everyone at school on Monday.”
One of the recipients of the post shared it with a friend. The friend called the local law enforcement agency to report the threat and included the screenshot.
Here’s where I applaud the local law enforcement agency for following up on the threat. (applause, applause, applause). The boy and his family were questioned. The teen was taken into custody.
A police sergeant said, “We can’t predict whether he would have followed through with the threats. We do know he had the means to do it.”
Multiple firearms were found in the boy’s home, some were secured, some weren’t.
The Police Chief said, “We take these issues very seriously. Unfortunately, with the advent of social media, kids sometimes act impulsively; we need to send a message that this will not be tolerated.”
The teen awaited his consequence at a secure detention facility for youths. When he arrived for his court appearance, he wore jail attire, handcuffs, and leg irons. He sobbed during the proceedings. Imagine if this were your 14-year-old child.
After a forensic exam of his phone, the investigation found evidence of a pattern of consistent behavior.
More Than A Slap On The Wrist
The 14-year-old pleaded no contest (same a s guilty in adult court) to making false threats of Columbine-like violence.
He’d been in the youth detention facility for three months when the judge ordered him to successfully complete an in-house treatment program adding another six to nine months away from home.
Parents in the community were concerned about the boy returning to the school. His parents decided he’d be home-schooled.
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