NJ Mom Stops Potential School Shooting in Another State

She notified police of racist message from alleged culprit
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2018 11:05 AM CDT
NJ Mom Stops Potential School Shooting in Another State
Dylan Jarrell is charged with harassing communications and terroristic threatening in relation to a threat against schools in Shelby and Anderson counties.   (Shelby County Detention Center via AP)

When Koeberle Bull received a racist Facebook message threatening violence against her children from a man whose profile photo showed him holding an assault-style weapon, "I knew that this was not just some goofy kid." Kentucky State Police agreed once the 40-year-old single mom living in New Jersey complained, and now they say she might've prevented a school shooting, per NJ.com. Dylan Jarrell, 20, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., was arrested around 2:30pm Thursday at his home backing Anderson County High School, per FOX 59 and the Louisville Courier Journal. After Jarrell admitted to sending "racially motivated" messages, authorities say they found internet searches on how to carry out a school shooting, "threats of bodily harm against multiple persons at a school," and a "detailed plan of attack" naming two school districts, per WKYT.

"There is no doubt in my mind that ... we saved lives," KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said at a press conference. "This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc" and "was caught backing out of his driveway with the tools he needed to commit this heinous act," including a firearm, a bulletproof vest, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, and a 100-round high-capacity magazine. Questioned by FBI agents in May related to threats against a school in Tennessee, Jarrell pleaded not guilty Monday to harassing communications and terroristic threatening, per the Courier Journal. Meanwhile, Bull is being called a hero. "You saved our little town of Lawrenceburg from a lot of heartbreak. Maybe more [will] speak up and be a hero like you," one mother writes on Facebook. (A Russian school shooting has been blamed on the West.)

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