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February 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Police: Student planned to ‘shoot up’ Bellevue school

A 17-year-old boy accused of threatening to “shoot up” the International School in Bellevue has been booked for investigation of felony harassment, according to court documents.

The boy, a senior at the school, was arrested on Friday and booked into the King County Youth Services Center. Prosecutors say they have a deadline of Thursday to file criminal charges.

The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because his case is in juvenile court and the newspaper generally does not name juveniles accused of crimes.

According to a Bellevue police report, the teen had told at least two students about his plan even though he did not own firearms. However, he was selling items to get cash.

The boy told a fellow student on Feb. 10 that he would be “shooting up the school,” according to the report. The boy said he had been selling personal items for cash and planned to buy body armor and an “extended” capacity gun or magazine, the report said.

On Feb. 11, the boy asked the same student if he wanted to help him with the shooting, police allege. On Feb. 12, the suspect told the student to “stay out of the line of fire” during the shooting he was planning on Feb. 13.

The boy told a different student on Feb. 10 that he planned to “post the time of the school shooting on Facebook the day before it happens,” according to the report. The suspect allegedly texted the same student on Feb. 12 to say “24 hours from now we’ll be dead.”

Bellevue police said they checked the high school senior’s Facebook page and didn’t find anything mentioning a school shooting, according to the report.

Shortly after 7 a.m. on Friday, Bellevue police arrested the teen as he was walking out of his house. The teen told police he doesn’t have many friends at school and has anger-management issues as a result of being bullied, the police report said.

The teen, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, told police that he was suicidal and felt immense pressure over academic performance, the police report said.

“Last year, he convinced his mother to take him to Wade’s (Eastside Guns) shooting range so they could shoot firearms together. He planned on killing himself in front of his mother while they were at the shooting range but he changed his mind,” the report said.

While police said the boy’s parents did not have any firearms in their home, they found $1,000 cash in the boy’s bedroom believed to have been collected to buy weapons. The boy also allegedly searched the Internet to study other school shootings as well as research body armor and handguns, the report said.

The International School was closed on Friday because of the threats.

When asked for a comment Monday, Bellevue police said the case remains under investigation. School officials have declined to comment.

 

| More in The Blotter | Topics: Bellevue Police, International School, school threats


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