Stafford Sheriff: Teen threatened to bomb, shoot students

Stafford Sheriff: Teen threatened to bomb, shoot students

STAFFORD, VA (WWBT) - The Stafford County Sheriff's Office says a 15-year-old is in custody, accused of threatening to bomb and shoot students at Brooke Point High School.

Authorities say the male planned to bomb and "shoot up" the school, and he revealed the plan to a female student. He allegedly tried to force her to join him, telling her that if she did not accept the gun he was going to bring her, that she would be shot.

The female student told Principal McCllelan, who received similar reports from parents of other students who overheard the plan.

Detectives met with the teen at his home, as well as conducting interviews with the students. After investigating, they executed a search warrant on the teen's home and found several guns and rifles. The firearms were secured and locked, and none appeared to be missing or accessed.

Investigators say the teen appeared to be angry with his fellow students.

"The potential danger of this type of threat cannot be over stated," said Sheriff Charles Jett. "The notification by concerned students and parents coupled with the immediate action by the Principal of Brooke Point High School to the School Resource Officer initiated a timely response and investigation that resulted in an arrest. 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."

The teen is charged with threats to bomb or damage a building and committing, conspiring and aiding and abetting acts of terrorism.

"We understand our community may have questions regarding these types of situations as they happen," said Dr. Bruce Benson, Superintendent of Stafford County Public Schools. "We want the public to be assured that along with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, we are working in the best interest and for the safety of all our students."

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