Taking to the Internet to threaten to "shoot up" every school in a 100-mile radius is never wise or socially acceptable. But doing so in the wake of one of the most horrific school shootings in the nation's history only makes things worse.
According to police in Sedro-Woolley, that's exactly what a self-described 19-year-old "Internet troll" did Friday night via his Facebook page. Now the former Sedro-Woolley High School student is facing felony harassment charges because of it.
As Q13 reports, the suspect turned himself into police Sunday after folks troubled and concerned by his post contacted his parents Friday night. It's unknown if the suspect, who is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning, owns any weapons.
According to Q13:
According to Sedro-Woolley Police Department Lt. William Tucker, the suspect made the post on his Facebook profile Friday night. The post allegedly "thanked" Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza and said if gun laws changed as a result of the shooting, he would "personally get my sawed off double barreled shotgun and ... go shoot up every school within a 100-mile radius.
According to Tucker, the suspect told police he is an "internet troll," meaning he posts provocative statements on the internet and tries to get people to respond.
It's unknown at this time whether the criminal justice system is likely to be sympathetic to the "Internet troll" defense, but given the circumstances it seems highly unlikely.