A 17-year-old student has been charged with felony harassment for allegedly threatening to “shoot up” the International School in Bellevue, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
According to the charging documents filed Thursday in King County Juvenile Court, the senior told police he felt bullied and had few friends at the school.
Prosecutors say he invited another student, a sophomore, to join him in the rampage, but the younger student declined. The sophomore and another student, who overheard the 17-year-old speaking of his plans, told police the suspect was selling off his possessions to buy body armor and a firearm, according to the charging documents.
Prosecutors say the teen has no criminal history and they will not seek to charge him as an adult. The Seattle Times generally does not name defendants charged in juvenile court.
The boy was arrested last Friday, the same day the alleged threats led to the closure of the school. He has been held in the King County Youth Services Center since his arrest.
According to Bellevue police and charging documents, the teen had told at least two students about his plan even though he did not own firearms. However, he was selling personal property to get cash and had raised about $1,000.
The boy told a fellow student on Feb. 10 that he would be “shooting up the school,” and said he planned to buy body armor and an “extended” capacity gun or magazine, police 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 police. The suspect allegedly texted the same student on Feb. 12 to say “24 hours from now we’ll be dead.”
The teen, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, told police that he was suicidal and felt immense pressure over academic performance, according to the charges.