Teenager’s Escalating Behavior


Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons Blog PostIf you listen to the mainstream news, it’s been a rough week. There was another school shooting. A North Carolina sophomore shot and killed a classmate.

When the school representative was interviewed, he said it started with bullying and escalated from there.

So far this year, in the U.S., there have been 22 school shootings resulting in 35 people killed—28 were students, and 77 people injured. That’s beyond sad.

It makes me wonder if our correctional system has more young people incarcerated than ever before. The case referenced in this post is part of the equation.

BLOG POST #167: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 17-year-old high school student.


The news he’d be required to repeat the 11th grade didn’t sit well with the teen. He utilized social media to vent his dissatisfaction by posting to a friend, “I’m not complaining, I’m just gonna shoot everybody up.”

When school officials questioned him about the threatening message, he initially denied making the threat and refused to discuss the matter. The school requested a no trespassing order against him.

The police received a tip about the threat several days after the teen had allegedly posted it. And they were able to recover the post.

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He was charged with making a false threat of terrorism. The month before making the threat, he and two others had been charged with breaking into a store. And the same month, he was charged with malicious destruction of one of the city office buildings.

The teen pleaded guilty to making a false report or threat of terrorism.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the two other crimes were dismissed.

A judge sentenced him to more than 250 days in the county jail (with credit for days served) and five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the two properties involved in the dismissed charges.

At his sentencing, the teen apologized to his family and everyone he’d hurt and said, “When I get out I’m going to start over.”

The judge replied, “Frankly, it remains to be seen if you’re just a threat and victim of your own stupidity or represent a threat to others.’’

He did not start over. At the time of this post, he’s serving time in prison on a larceny conviction. If he isn’t paroled early his release date is in 2036. He’ll be 38.

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