A Michigan high school student faces felony charges after his parents turned him in to police for planning a school shooting, WNEM-TV reports.
A 15-year-old student of Paw Paw High School reportedly stole two shotguns from his grandparents, made Molotov cocktails, and collected bomb-making materials after being bullied at school.
The teen’s family said he was being bullied over a photograph of him in his underwear that had begun circulating around the school.
He went to his parents and told them about his plans before carrying them out, however, and they took him to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.
A close call
Sheriff Dan Abbott said the community narrowly avoided a disaster because the boy came forward and his parents contacted police.
“There’s no question in my mind, there was going to be a terrorist act today,” Abbott said. “The guns were going to go inside a school along with the bombs, and it was going to be a bad environment today. These parents did a good job and I hope the public sees that.”
After hearing about the boy’s plans Sunday, officials cancelled school the next day.
The boy has been charged with making a terrorist threat, two counts of possession of a shortened barrel firearm, possession of stolen firearms, and possession of bomb-making materials. The 15-year-old could be tried as an adult.