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Student jailed for threatening to bomb, ‘shoot up’ Brooke Point High School

© Leesburg Today - 10/29/2015

A 15-year-old Brooke Point High School student is in Rappahannock Regional Detention Center he threatened to bomb and shoot up the school.

The minor, whose name was not released, was questioned by police at his home and jailed Oct. 27, Stafford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said. Guns and rifles found at the house, Kennedy said, were secured. Police did not find a plan or manifesto, and preliminary reviews of his computer and social networking accounts turned up no evidence of a plan.

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

According to Kennedy, the teen told a fellow student he would bomb and shoot up the school, and he wanted her help in bringing a gun to the school. If she did not help, the teen threatened to shoot her.

The girl and several parents reported the threat to school principal Scott McClellan, who told authorities.

""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. ""

Kennedy said the boy's motive for the threats appeared to be ""depression and anger"" because of his difficulties in developing relationships with fellow students.

""We understand our community may have questions regarding these types of situations as they happen. 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. As in all ongoing investigations, the school division cannot comment,"" said Dr. Bruce Benson, superintendent of Stafford County schools. ""We appreciate the positive relationship we enjoy with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Jett. We thank the Sheriff's Office for their unwavering support of our schools which provides a level of safety and security for our entire community.""

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