This grandma’s quick thinking may have prevented a school shooting
After reading alarming journal entries from her grandson, a grandmother is being credited with preventing a potential school shooting from occurring in Washington state.
The teenage boy was arrested on Wednesday, the same day as the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. According to the 911 call obtained by ABC News, the boy was in the advanced stages of plotting a shooting at his high school.
“What I’m reporting is I’m finding journal entries from my grandson,” Catherine O’Connor told the operator. “And he’s planning on having a mass shooting at one of the high schools.”
Her 18-year-old grandson was a student at Aces Alternative High School in Everett, Washington. Seattle news station, KOMO, obtained court documents that transcribed his disturbing journal entries.
Be warned, his words are chilling:
“I’m preparing myself for the school shooting. I can’t wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate. … I can’t wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletive) away,” the documents state. “I need to make this shooting/bombing … infamous. I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can. I need to make this count. … I’m learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes, so I don’t make the same ones.”
His journal also had excerpts about making pressure cooker bombs and plans to target more than one local high school, according to court documents. After O’Connor discovered her grandson’s journal, she also found a semi-automatic rifle stored in a guitar case in her home. She immediately called the police.
Her grandson was booked for third-degree assault on an officer for kicking him during his arrest. He’s currently being held at $5 million bail in the county jail.
It’s an unimaginable scenario — discovering your own grandson’s terrifying plans and a rifle in your home. Who can say what would have happened had this grandmother not acted swiftly the way she did — a chilling thought, to be sure.
“There’s a lot of kids who could have lost their lives,” O’Connor’s neighbor Julie Primachik told KOMO. “I think it’s a hero-like thing to do.”