At least five school shootings didn’t happen in October because of the efforts of students, teachers, and police doing their part to thwart them. While this would have been national news five years ago, today the news never broke out of local sources.
In Bethesda, Maryland, a former student of Walter Johnson High School was arrested this week after threats were made on Snapchat and other students at the school turned him in.
Police arrested 18-year-old Luis Amilcar Cabrera at his home, where they also found an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine. The photo on Snapchat featured Cabrera holding the weapon with the words “school shooter.”
Kentucky State Police say a suspect is in custody in connection to a “high potential” threat that led to Anderson County Schools being closed Friday.
Two separate teens in South Carolina also made threats to “shoot up” a high school but were stopped by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
School resource officer Timothy Knight “handled both threats” at Cheraw High School “in a timely manner,” and students “were never in immediate danger at any time,” Sheriff Jay Brooks said in a news release.
Another incident in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky when troopers arrested 20-year-old Dylan Jarrell for terroristic threatening and harassing communications.
“He was caught backing out of his driveway with the tools he needed to commit this heinous act,” state police commissioner Richard Sanders said.
He had a firearm, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine and a detailed plan of attack.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation, we saved lives,” Sanders said, “He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary, and the only thing that stood between him and evil is law enforcement.”
Shipley said in the update that the student “will face disciplinary action in accordance with district policy as well as criminal charges, prosecution, and restitution for any costs incurred by local first responders and the district as a result of these threats.”
In a Pittsburgh area school, a 16-year-old female was prevented from attacking her school. Threats were made that the school considered credible and canceled classes for the day.
“Mars Area School District will not tolerate any threats to the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff members, our schools, or to the District,” Superintendent Wesley Shipley said on the website. “All parents/guardians are encouraged to please talk with your children about the serious consequences of making such threats, which may include expulsion; hefty fines; and even jail time.”
These were merely a short list of credible threats and arrests made. Plenty of other schools got threats that didn’t result in a school closing.