One mother in Washington state is being hailed a hero after she read her son’s journals. Because the mother found that her boy had journaled his plans to murder innocent people at his school on the twenty-first anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, she turned him in to the police and stopped what could have been a mass shooting of unrivaled proportion.
As it happened, the mother of the College Place High School student saw the journal entries, which provided ample details as to how he was going to implement the mass shooting. Instead of protecting her would-be mass shooter son, the mother turned the boy into authorities and has been hailed as a hero for putting a stop to the massacre.
The seventeen-year-old student was arrested on September 17, 2019, and charged with felony harassment and threats to bomb or injure property. The journal detailed the times, specific firearms explosives, and the locations as well as the established date of April 20, 2020, when he’d enact the massacre of his school. Not only did the boy conspire to commit his crime on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, but he also detailed how he was going to kill his mother and her boyfriend.
Because the mother read all the horrible details of the would-be killing in her son’s journal, she called the police and passed all the evidence onto the cops. As soon as the officer had the evidence, they informed the boy’s school in southeast Washington state that he was a live wire that could put the lives of his classmates and teachers in danger. But school was already released for the day by the time the cops made the call.
Meanwhile, the teenager had no idea his mother had discovered his murderous plot. When he returned home, police arrested him and booked him into the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center, where he was locked away with other troubled youths.
The mother, who has identified herself solely by her first name, Nicole, said she found her son’s journal last month and confronted him about it. The boy explained it away as a simple creative writing exercise and “just a story.” The mother, who desperately wanted to believe her son was not a would-be mass shooter, accepted her son’s story.
However, the content of the story was so alarming, Nicole suffered nightmares. The boy wrote about detonating pipe bombs and other explosives around his school. He also wrote about the firearms he would purchase could “blast everyone in sight “and that he would use the guns to “execute survivors” of the initial bombing.
The details of the “story” were gruesome and horrible. His mother was horrified.
But it was the date of the attack plan that horrified Nicole the most. It was set for the 21st anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. That massacre left twelve dead and ended in the double suicide of the two perpetrators, two seniors at the school. The event ushered in a new era of mass shootings.
Nicole said her son suffers from depression and needs mental health help.
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