Police: Boy Found With Detailed Plan to Attack Dallas School

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

12-year-old accused of threatening to open fire at North Oak Cliff charter school.

DALLAS — A 12-year-old boy is accused of plotting to shoot students and others at his Dallas charter school after he was found clutching a detailed diagram outlining the planned attack, a police commander said. The Dallas Morning-News reported the seventh grader at the Jefferson campus of Trinity Basin Preparatory in North Oak Cliff had allegedly told another 12-year-old student he was planning on bringing a gun and opening fire at the school.

Investigators say the boy is in juvenile custody on a felony charge of exhibition of firearms related to the threat, even though no gun has been found. Blakenbaker said the other student thought the suspect was joking until Thursday when he showed him what was described as a “written diagram detailing how the plan would be carried out,” according to the Morning-News. “He did what he needed to do to help protect himself and his classmates and he’s to be commended for that,” Blankenbaker said of the student who tipped off police. Authorities say he was charged simply because he threatened to use a firearm to harm others. “A reasonable person would see this diagram and they would believe that he intended to carry out his threats based on what’s on the diagram,” Blankenbaker said at a news conference Thursday evening. Officials are now praising the child who came forward. “That’s a very courageous thing for a 12-year-old,” said Assistant Chief Randall Blankenbaker with the Dallas Police Department during a Thursday news conference. “We’ve been 12 years old and we know what peer pressure is like, and we know how hard it is to do the right thing sometimes, but this young man was very courageous.”

Blankenbaker said the boy had tried several time to recruit the second student to help him carry out the attack, but his threats were dismissed as a joke until he showed that other boy the diagram.

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