Unlike the police in Broward County, Florida, who knew of threats the Valentine’s Day shooter had made but somehow never took him into custody as a result, Las Vegas Metropolitan police confronted with a similar situation took no chances: on Sunday they took into custody an eighth-grader who posted deadly threats regarding his school on Instagram.
The 13-year-old student from Pinecrest Academy had made five posts on Instagram, some of which included messages such as “Prepare for school on Monday” and “I’m going to murder you.” He wrote that he had a death list, according to Fox5Vegas.
Pinecrest Academy St. Rose staff, apprised of the threats, immediately alerted Las Vegas Metropolitan police. The school also emailed parents to alert them the school was aware of what was going on and the student had been taken into custody.
One parent, Lierin Gorsky, who has three children at the school, a 13-year-old, a second-grader and kindergartner, told Fox5:
Psychiatric help. I think he needs inpatient psychiatric care. My daughter is 13 and we got the screen shots of it [Sunday]. My daughter was freaking out. I feel bad for this child who is acting out like this, because obviously something is wrong and their parents have not dealt with it. I mean the student is on Instagram, what kid is on Instagram at 12 or 13 years old?
News3Las Vegas reported that one parent from the school stated that the student issued the threats because he had been bullied. She said, “He said along the lines of ‘I remember all of you and tomorrow I will murder you.’” She added, “It has been made known to me a fact that this child has been bullied and teased at school.”