A Washington mother turned her 17-year-old son in to police after finding his journal entries allegedly contained his plans to commit a mass shooting at his school.
The mother, identified only as Nicole, said she was devastated when she read about his horrific plans, CBS News reported.
According to his journal, he wanted to attack College Place High School, outside Walla Walla, on April 20, 2020, because it will be the 21st anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting, KCPQ reported.
The journal had a lot more chilling details as to how her son planned on executing the shooting. He said he planned to detonate propane and pipe bombs, and that he would use multiple firearms to “execute survivors” and “blast anyone in sight.”
“Kill everyone possible, fight to the death,” one entry read. “Kill self after maximum damage.”
Officers located several notebooks with entries about murder and suicide during a search of his room.
They also seized two books – “The Truth Behind Death at Columbine,” and “The Anarchist Cookbook.”
“We did not locate any firearms or explosives in the teen’s possession,” College Place Police Officer Dylan Schmick told HuffPost. “However, we did locate literature on how to develop explosives and other weapons.”
He was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday, Oct. 1, after he returned home from school. He was booked into the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center for Felony Harassment and Threats to bomb or injure property, police said.
The mother claimed he’d been battling depression, and that she believes the safest place for him right now is behind bars.
Nicole said she knows she did the “right thing” by turning her son in to protect others, but said that she still feels like she has “done something wrong.”
“It wasn’t easy,” she said, adding that she still loves her son. “It takes a lot to do what I did.”