Somerset teen: 'Fear me' allegedly among texts in terroristic threatening

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email
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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It started with a tip from a concerned student at Southwestern High School, in Somerset. Detective Bobby Jones, of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, said he was first made aware of it while at church over the weekend.

"There were some text messages going around concerning a school bombing and school shooting," Jones explained, it was the type of material that he and others will never take lightly.

He began researching the threats, and as it turned out the material was alarming.

"It was planned out. He had the times that he would detonate the bombs, the locations," described the detective.

Jones got a hold of the text messages Monday morning that he said were sent from a 15-year-old suspect. It talks about setting off bombs in morning as students are gathered waiting for class. It even went into detail about where they would be placed in the school's lobby, the bathroom entrance, the cafeteria, by the vending machines, and two by the gym doors. There was no indication of when the assault would take place, according to investigators.

The student even planned to shoot students in the legs so they couldn't run away, and then return to shoot them in the head. Detective Jones said the student elaborated to say he would wound himself to make it look like he was a victim.

"He'd also written out a story line in his notebooks," said Jones, "Talking about Columbine situations, Sandy Hook, and what he was going to bring and need."

"I did not hear about this! I'm shocked," reacted Freshman Jaycee Phillippi.

"It is very terrifying, it's like when I send my kids off to school, I'm sending them off to a war zone," added her mother, Jaymee Phillippi.

"There was no direct threat to any particular student. It was to student groups he felt like he was targeting other groups, popular kids, that kind of stuff," explained Jones.

So officers stood waiting for the suspect before the start of school on Monday, but he didn't show up. Instead, Jones tracked him down through his mother and then arranged to interview him. While being questioned, the student admitted to detectives that he was the one behind the messages, but he couldn't explain why he sent them.

"He made a comment in one of his texts that he was set and he had the plans ready to go, except he didn't have the weapons to carry it out," said Jones, although the suspect denied he would've done it when asked.

Detective Jones said the school building was never on lockdown because they found the teen suspect before school started. Investigators believe the teen was acting alone.

The juvenile was arrested and charged with first degree terroristic threatening, which is a class C felony. He is currently being held in the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center. The suspect's name is not being released because he is a juvenile. He will have a hearing at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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