An Oklahoma teen has been arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot hundreds of people “for fun” at her former high school, police said.
Alexis Wilson, 18, allegedly showed a co-worker at a local pizzeria videos of herself shooting a newly purchased rifle and spoke about her idea to open fire at McAlester High School in Pittsburg County, KOTV reported.
She supposedly said she wanted to “shoot 400 people for fun” and “that there were so many people at her old school that she would like to do it” to, investigators said the person who reported her told them.
The person who alerted authorities to Wilson’s alleged statements had made their concerns known through an anonymous tip, officials said.
Deputies on Sunday allegedly found an AK-47 with six magazines and a 12-gauge shotgun with a stock sleeve for extra shells in Wilson’s room.
Wilson recently purchased the assault rifle, for which she had spent months saving her money, her mother told KOKI-TV.
The mother thought nothing of the purchase because “Alexis has always shot firearms and had hunted,” she told the television station.
Wilson was taken into custody Monday. She denied making such threats and allegedly admitted she suffered from mental health issues, including experiencing suicidal and homicidal thoughts, police said.
Authorities said Wilson told them she was trying to tell a co-worker that not every gun owner is bad.
“You know, it may not have been anything – we don’t know 100 percent, but we are glad we got it before it turned into something,” Sheriff Chris Morris told Fox News. “In today’s times, you can’t say stuff like that. … Anytime something is said like that we are going to take it serious, and we are going to investigate it to the fullest extent and make an arrest if possible because we do not want any of our schools getting shot up. Nobody does.”
Wilson attended McAlester High School, the school she allegedly threatened to target, but reportedly dropped out in the ninth grade.
“If you overhear a conversation, if you see a post, or just see something that just doesn’t look right — report it,” Randy Hughes, the superintendent of McAlester Public Schools, said in a video posted to Facebook Monday. “If you see something, say something. Do not take anything for granted.”
Wilson faces charges for making terroristic threats. She has pleaded not guilty. Her bond has been set at $250,000 and her next court appearance is Sept. 27.