22-year-old Jonathan Trent Patterson of Belton, South Carolina, was arrested last month for allegedly sending threats to multiple schools in the Greenville area.
On April 18th, Patterson used a free online fax service to send a threatening fax to Belton–Honea Path High School. The fax (What is this, 1992?) allegedly said, “I’m shooting up the school soon and I’m going to shoot up the school tomorrow bitches.”
The next day on the 19th of April, Patterson allegedly sent another threat to the school through an encrypted email service. The email read “I’M GOING TO SHOOT UP THE FUCKEN (sic) SCHOOL IF YOU DONT LET ME GRADUATE OR JUST BECAUSE I WANT TO LOL.”
That same day, Patterson sent another email that read “IVE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS FUCKEN (sic) SHITTY SCHOOL PREPARE TO DIE IM GOING TO SHOOT THIS MOTHER FUCKER UP.”
Surprisingly, Patterson didn’t send anything on April 20th.
However, on the 21st, Patterson sent an email to multiple Anderson County school employees that contained a threat which contained the most ‘mom’s basement’ energy I’ve ever seen.
What the fck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fck out with precision the likes of which you have never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fcking words. You think you can get away with saying that sht to me over the Internet? Think again, fcker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. Your life. You’re a fcking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over 700 ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You are f*cking dead, kiddo.
Ho-ly-shit. That’s a lot to unpack. The threats continued after that, but to me, this screed sounds like something a 13-year-old would say during a game of Call of Duty to make themselves sound tough.
So, I now present to you the top sniper in the US armed forces and a master of ‘gorilla’ warfare.
Patterson is said to have threats to other schools, including a school in Ohio, late into May. Some of the threats also contained racial slurs. Patterson was arrested by federal authorities on June 2nd, but the story isn’t done there.
When first questioned by investigators, Patterson claimed he was framed by someone he attended a technical college with. He eventually admitted to sending the threats, claiming he was mad about being expelled from two of the schools. I can’t imagine why such an agreeable fellow would be expelled from two schools. He also threw in the prerequisite, ‘I thought it would be funny.’
We can laugh at this somewhat, since the threats were deemed to not be credible, obviously. But there are lessons to be learned from this story. The first is that threats like this, credible or not, are taken seriously. Patterson is facing federal charges for making these threats. He could be facing some serious time in a federal prison, over a ‘joke’.
Secondly, no matter how well you think you’re disguising yourself online, you’re no match for the resources of federal investigators. They will find you.