School Threats

***READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***

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

You maybe didn’t know the peak time for school threats and violence tends to be in the first or last trimester of the school year.

In my opinion, students who dread school for a myriad of reasons snap at the beginning of the new school year once they see school life is no better and maybe worse than the previous school year. During the spring semester, as school is winding down, bullying is in full swing.

Often, threats are a reaction rather than an objective. Regardless of the sad circumstances, school threats are a crime.

BLOG POST #152: This week, I’m sharing research on two specific criminal cases involving school threats made in the spring.

MARCH 2018

In a conversation, a 14-year-old boy made verbal threats to enact a school shooting. The school safety department learned of the threat and investigated. Law enforcement found the threat credible and arrested the boy.

The boy and his parents accepted a plea agreement. The juvenile court sentenced him to six months of probation, in-home detention, and his family had to pay court costs.

JUNE 2018

A 15-year-old’s grandfather and mother are the heroes in this case. The grandfather found evidence a shotgun had been sawed off. And several of his guns were missing. He alerted his grandson’s mother.

Too often, parents have blinders on when it comes to their child’s uncharacteristic behavior. I lost count of how many times I heard, “my child would never do….”

The boy’s mother searched his room. She found a notebook detailing his plan for a mass school shooting along with an arsenal of weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

His mother took him to the police station where he was arrested and charged.

Lucky for the boy, he remained in the juvenile system. The boy and his parents accepted a plea agreement. The judge sentenced him to one year in a residential treatment program where he’ll be required to complete a nine-step program.

What did you think about these cases? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

Do you know of a school crime you’d like to share? Email me so we can discuss the details.

Thanks for reading!

-Robin

 

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