14-year-old accused of threatening students in Tumwater released from juvenile jail

Staff writerDecember 31, 2013 

A 14-year-old Black Hills High School student who is accused of threatening to shoot students at the school posted $100,000 bail and was released from juvenile jail Tuesday.

The 14-year-old is charged in juvenile court with one count of felony harassment for allegedly telling a friend that he wanted to shoot students at the school, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on Monday.

As a condition of the boy's release from jail, he must wear a global positioning satellite device at all times, to monitor his location, Thurston County Juvenile Court Commissioner Indu Thomas ordered.

Tumwater police arrested the 14-year-old at his Tumwater home on Dec. 16, after police found guns, ammunition, possible gunpowder and fireworks in his bedroom. Police were acting on an earlier tip from a friend and fellow student of the boy, who said he wanted to shoot students at the school, then kill himself.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Wayne Graham has said 14-year-old had done internet research on school shootings and had expressed a "fascination with Columbine."

The boy's family has said in court that the 14-year-old is not dangerous, and police are blowing the situation out of proportion. The 14-year-old has no prior criminal record of any kind.

Thomas also ordered that the boy cannot travel within 1,000 feet of either Black Hills High School or Tumwater High School. He cannot have contact with any of the parties that reported his alleged threats to law enforcement, or with any current students at Black Hills High School.

Lastly, Thomas ordered that law enforcement be allowed to perform a "sweep" of the boy's Tumwater Hills home, to ensure there he has no access to any firearms. The boy's mother has previously assured the court that all firearms in the home have been removed, but Thomas agreed to a prosecutor's request for the sweep as an added precaution.

The boy's attorney Josh Sneva, asked Thomas if they could meet for a hearing on Jan. 8 to decide on how he can continue his schooling. The Tumwater School District put him on an emergency expulsion after his arrest. Sneva said options for the boy's continuing education include home schooling.

Thomas agreed to have another hearing on Jan. 8 to discuss how the boy can continue his education.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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