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Stafford teen threatened to shoot student if she didn’t help with mass shooting, sheriff said

Posted at 1:29 PM, Oct 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-29 17:49:09-04

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Another teen has been arrested for making a threat which alluded to the harming of classmates, this time in Stafford County. A 15-year-old male at Brooke Point High School threatened to bomb and shoot students, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen has received petitions for one count of “threats to bomb or damage a building” and one count of committing, conspiring and aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.

The subject, not named due to his age, is currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Detention Center.

The plot was uncovered when the principal received tips from parents that the student planned to bomb the school and shoot individuals. One 15-year-old female student told Principal McCllelan said that the male teen told her of his plan and also said he would shoot her if she did not accept the gun he was going to bring her to help him carry out his plan, according to officials.

An investigation was opened within minutes of the students, parents and principal sharing information on Tuesday afternoon, said Bill Kennedy with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.

“After speaking with the juvenile who was accused of making the threats, it was clear that the threats had in fact been made,” Kennedy said.

Guns and rifles were located in the home but were secured and locked and none were missing or appeared to have been accessed.

“In addition, no written plan or “manifesto” was located during the execution of the search warrant and no evidence was located indicating that the plan to bomb or shoot up the school was going to actually happen the next day,” Kennedy said.

A second search warrant was executed on the 15 year old’s computer and social networking sites. Preliminary reviews did not disclose any additional threat or information.

However, as a result of the ongoing investigation, the young man was charged and incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday night.

“The motives for the threats appeared to have stemmed from the juvenile’s depression and anger towards fellow students,” Kennedy said. “The young man was angry because of his difficulties in developing relationships with fellow students.”

“The potential danger of this type of threat cannot be over stated,” said Sheriff Charles Jett. “The close relationship of the Sheriff’s Office and Stafford County Public Schools has allowed for the creation of a plan that, when needed, rapidly deploys many resources to alleviate any possible danger to a school.”