In sharp contrast to terrible news from Florida, KING 5 in Seattle reported on Valentine’s Day that a grandmother stopped her grandson from acting on a plan to commit mass murder at his school. The grandson lived with his grandparents and had problems leading to his enrollment in a diversion program high school. His alert and engaged grandparents became concerned. The grandmother went into his room, read his journal, discovered his plan, and called in the police. The boy is in custody.
An 18-year-old student was arrested after a journal was found detailing plans to shoot his classmates at ACES High School in Everett.
According to the Everett Police Department, the 18-year-old’s grandmother called 911 Tuesday morning after finding the journal and believed the threats to shoot students at the school were credible.
Police came, read the journal and found weapons in the room.
Court documents state the young man wrote, “I can’t wait to walk into class and blow all those (expletives) away,” and “I need to make this shooting/bombing infamous. I need to get the biggest fatality number I possible can.”
Prosecutors allege the suspect had inert grenades in his bedroom that he planned to fill with black powder along with the AK-47 hidden in a guitar case.
This story stands in stark contrast to other stories of mass shootings. An engaged adult did the hard but right thing and the police listened and responded to forestall the attack. The end result is that everyone, including the would-be shooter, lived. Instead of prayers for comfort and healing, prayers of thanksgiving are in order.
A KING5.com update on the foiled Everett school shooter reinforced the seriousness of the threat the grandmother exposed.
The student had friends at the school who thought all was well.
ACES student Olivia Fox said she was stunned at the accusations leveled against her close friend.
“There was lot of shock around the school when they released a picture of who it was,” she said. “Me and a couple of his other good friends are shaken up, because we know how good of a kid he is.”
But his journal and his rifle told a different story (emphasis added).
His defense attorney said he has no prior criminal history whatsoever. However, police believe the teen used the same AK-47 to rob a convenience store on February 12. Court documents state he wrote in his journal about how powerful he felt because of how scared the female clerk was.
It appears that we were spared another mass murder by a grandmother’s tough love.