After the school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, it looks like some people are starting to pay more attention as law enforcement encourage parents, teachers and students to ‘see something. say something’. Thanks to this grandmother, that’s exactly what happened. She saw something and then called 911.
According to a report by USA Today, an 18-year-old was arrested Tuesday after a journal was found detailing plans to shoot his classmates at a high school in Everett, Wash.
THIS was NO high school in Parkland, Florida!
ALMOST like ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL in Parkland, FLORIDA
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 ACES High School were credible.
Officers responded to the house and were shown excerpts of the journal and were told the grandson had a semiautomatic rifle stored in a guitar case. As officers reviewed the journal, they were alarmed by the statements and detailed plans to shoot students and use homemade explosives, according to a police department news release..
This shooting could have turned out to have been like the one at the high school in Parkland, Florida, but it didn’t.
Excerpts from the journal show the teen had been thinking about the shooting frequently and wanted to make it “infamous,” according to probable cause documents.
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.
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.”
The student attended Kamiak High School last year before transferring to ACES Alternative School this fall. Detectives say he simply flipped a coin to determine which school to target. It came up ACES.
ACES High School was contacted and told about the threat. The student was arrested at the school, and a knife and marijuana were found on his person.
Mukilteo School District spokesman Andy Muntz said the teen was not on their radar, adding everyone is incredibly grateful for that grandmother’s decision to turn the young man in.
“It really speaks to the importance of if you see something or hear something to notify the authorities. That’s what she did. It could well have saved many, many lives including her grandson’s life,” said Muntz.
ACES High School could have been another Marjory Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. But it wasn’t thanks to a grandmother.
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.”
His name is not being released because he has not yet been formally charged.
The 18-year-old was booked at the Snohomish County (Wash.) Jail on probable cause for attempted murder due to planning and taking substantial steps toward executing a school shooting. The student also is facing an assault charge for allegedly kicking an officer after he slipped out of one of his handcuffs and tried to escape Tuesday.
The suspect made his first appearance in court Wednesday and is being held on $5 million bail.
WASHINGTON STATE AVOIDED BEING A HIGH SCHOOL IN PARKLAND, FLORIDA
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 Feb. 12. Court documents state he wrote in his journal about how powerful he felt because of how scared the female clerk was.
This arrest in Washington state came a day before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A shooting that left 17 people killed and another 20 injured.
The suspect, Nikolaus Cruz was arrested by law enforcement while walking down the street after leaving the school. On Thursday Cruze was booked into jail. He faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Police said Cruz used an AR-15 and had multiple magazines on him during the shooting. Cruz’s attorney, Jim Lewis, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the firearm was legally bought and Cruz already owned the gun when he moved in with a friend, a junior at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida three months ago.
“It was his gun,” Lewis told the newspaper. “The family made him keep it in a locked gun cabinet in the house but he had a key.”
The mobile home in Lantana, about 30 miles north of Parkland, where Cruz lived with the friend, drew a police presence late Wednesday, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI were investigating the mobile home, the Palm Beach Post reported. Authorities were reportedly notified of a possible explosive device at the property.
Cruz was adopted, along with his younger brother Zachary, by Lynda and Roger Cruz after the couple moved from Long Island, N.Y., to Broward County.
Lynda Cruz died Nov. 1 of pneumonia and Roger had died earlier in Nikolas’ life, according to the Sun Sentinel.
As law enforcement say over and over, ‘See something. Say something.’ I wonder what the difference in the outcome at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have been if just ONE person, ONE student, or ONE teacher would have said SOMETHING to law enforcement. Would it have made a difference? We can only wonder now.
To the families of the 17 killed our hearts and prayers go out to them.