Mom's 'Gut Feeling' Helps Thwart What Could Have Been a Mass School Shooting
She contacted authorities with her concerns.
A mother went with her "gut feeling" and thwarted a possible school shooting after a man sent her a racist message on Facebook, according to reports.
Koeberle Bull, of New Jersey, told Yahoo News she received a message from a man in Kentucky, calling her biracial children “the N-word,” among other things.
Bull said she was concerned because the man’s profile showed a gun and so she called her local police station and filed a report.
She then reportedly took a screenshot of the message and posted it to Facebook.
"Something told me not to let this go," Bull told CBS News.
Police in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, got wind of the message and Bull spoke with officers there who took the tip seriously.
On Thursday, officers drove to the man’s house, identified as Dylan Jarrell, and say they found the 20-year-old with 200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, a gun and a high-capacity magazine.
Police also said Jarrell had a detailed plan of attack aimed at two schools in nearby counties.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation, we saved lives,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders said during a press conference. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc."
Police said they also reportedly found searches on his computers, such as “how to conduct a school shooting.”
Jarrell had also been previously questioned by the FBI about threats he made toward a Tennessee school on social media, according to reports.
He’s been charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening and one count of harassing communications.
His public defender, Amy Robertson, asked that people not jump to conclusions about the case.
"These cases are very complex and often have many sides to them. It is not uncommon for it to take a long time for all the facts to come out," Robertson said.
Jarrell has pleaded not guilty.
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