Michigan Parents Turned in Son After He Confessed to School Shooting Plot
A high school student in Michigan was turned into the police by his parents after he confessed to planning a school shooting.
The 15-year-old, who has not been publicly identified, was planning to shoot up Paw Paw High School.
Prosecutors said that he should be tried as an adult because of the serious nature of his alleged crimes, reported NBC12.
The boy’s parents said that he approached them over the weekend, distraught, and told them that he was being bullied.
The boy then said he wanted to kill the bullies.
“He came to us and said that he’s been really upset and said that he’s been planning to do something bad,” the boy’s stepfather said. “It was a big shock.”
The stepfather said that he and the boy’s mother took the boy to the sheriff’s department, where he admitted he was planning a school shooting.
Police officers said the 15-year-old had stolen two guns from his grandparents’ home and also gathered Molotov cocktails and some materials in a bid to craft some pipe bombs. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that officers seized guns and other evidence from the residence through a search warrant.
Sheriff Dan Abbott said the teenager’s parents may have saved lives.
“These parents did a good job, and I hope the public sees that,” he said.
“I think it was going to happen (Monday) morning,” he said. “There’s no question in my mind there was going to be a terrorist act today. The guns were going to go inside a school along with the bombs and it was going to be a bad environment today.”
But the parents said that their son deserves credit, too, for admitting what he was planning and surrendering to the sheriff’s office.
They want him to get the help he needs, they said.
Paw Paw High School was closed on Monday due to the threat.
The district said in a statement that there was no other threat.
“There was not a direct threat received by anyone from the school district, but it was made known to us that there was a threat made directed toward the High School. Due to information we obtained from law enforcement officials, the District felt it was best to close school on Monday while their investigation continued. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the District is not able to release any information regarding details pertaining to the investigation,” the district stated.
The school was opened on Tuesday.