Authorities say a mother averted a possible massacre at College Place High School in Washington. The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Nicole, alerted police after reading the newspaper of her 17-year-old son, where the student detailed a plan to carry out a shooting at his school. The mother, who turned her over to justice, spoke to CBS about her difficult decision.
“I know a lot of people who go to College Place High School. Their lives would have changed forever,”said Nicole. "It is devastating. I know that I did everything I could and that I made the right decision.” Her son threatened to attack the school on April 20, 2020, the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, which occurred in 1999 at a high school in Colorado, where 13 people died and 24 others were injured.
Nicole's son included chilling details of his plan in his diary, such as detonating homemade bombs and using multiple firearms to riddle anyone in sight and "execute the survivors."
The mother regretted that she felt that “she had done something wrong” and felt guilty about giving up her son, but she wanted to avoid a tragedy. "She is very brave," said Troy Tomaras, the College Place police chief. “It is very emotional for her. She loves her son."
The student tried to defend himself by saying that what he wrote was a writing exercise that showed his creative imagination and that it was "just a story." Tomaras stated: “He is plotting to attack and kill people. That is more than just creative writing. That is out of the ordinary."
The mother argued that her son was struggling with depression. "I am concerned about his mental health, he needs help," Nicole said, admitting that she feels safer now that her son is in prison. "The truth sometimes hurts," concluded the mother.
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