Just a few days after the fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, a 14-year-old was arrested in Western Pennsylvania for allegedly plotting a school shooting. A student of Uniontown Area High School, in Uniontown, PA, is said to have heard the suspect making a threat against the school. That student told his parents, who informed law enforcement. When police searched the suspect’s home in Henry Clay Township, they reportedly found…
…a cache of weapons in his bedroom including a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifle, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition for all of the weapons.
At what point does a cache become an arsenal because I think this kid was pretty close. Also, in what tragically has become the norm these days, no one seems to know where he got the weapons from. Now I’m not familiar with Henry Clay Township itself, however, when I lived in Pennsylvania the term ‘township’ usually indicated the community was in a rural area. There’s a joke about Pennsylvania that it’s Pittsburgh on one side, Philadelphia on the other and Alabama in between. Those areas of Pennsylvania are also sometimes referred to as Pennsyltucky. The reason I bring this up is the area could be a hunting community which could partially explain the ease of access in which the weapons were obtained.
That’s not the worst part of the story either. When asked why he was planning a shooting at the school the suspect allegedly said because there were other students he just didn’t like.
When asked about why the suspect allegedly wanted to target the four students, Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said, “He didn’t like them. That’s what he said, he didn’t like them. What a reason to do something.”
The suspect’s parents are said to be cooperating with police but one has to wonder what they were doing this entire time their son was building an arsenal.
UPDATE 2/4/2018: Catching up on some backlogs and found an interesting tidbit on this story. The student who first reported the threat is said to have actually recorded the threat on his cell phone as it was being made.