A Kentucky teenager was charged this week for making terroristic threats after he said he was planning to shoot up his high school.
The teen even bought an AR-15 to carry out his plan and taunted his fellow students at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky with his plan.
Timothy Felker, 18, bought the gun back in December with money his mom had given him to get a tattoo.
“Around Christmas or December 2017 is when he purchased the AR-15 with money that his mom gave him for a tattoo, and that he also purchased 500 rounds of ammunition,” Lexington police detective Sean Stafford said.
He then showed off his gun on social media and threatened to use it to shoot up his school.
At the time of his arrest, Mr Felker was not banned from owning guns, and had posted images on social media showing off his AR-15. One of the photos showed him with a gun in his mouth, according to local news channel WKYT.
Police were initially tipped off by a classmate on 16 February. According to court documents, the pupil said Mr Felker “owns a gun and constantly talks about killing himself/shooting up the school. He tells specific people he would shoot them first and then shoot up the classroom”.
Felker was arrested a few days after the police were tipped off and held on a mental health petition.
Felker’s mother admitted he does have anger issues.
“Ms Felker stated that Timothy does have some anger problems but she could not see him being violent, and didn’t feel like he would harm anyone else,” Lexington police officer Stafford said in court.