Student Facing Terroristic Threatening Charges Talks

Student Facing Terroristic Threatening Charges Talks
By: CJ Cassidy

How do you know your child's school is safe?  Just this week, Cape Girardeau Public Schools received two threats.

In the latest, police say a student outlined a plan of attack with the word PRETEND at the top of it.  He ended up in juvenile custody.

We wanted to find out how authorities can reassure you, it's safe to send your kids back to school.  I also talked with the student facing terroristic threatening charges in that first threat, to get his take, and because he's a juvenile... We won't reveal his identity.

"I went to my Vice Principal and I told her she said she'd look into it investigate it, I don't know if they did," the teen says.
He claims he heard about a plot to carry out a school shooting, but he admits he didn't stop after going to authorities.
"I did make a threat. I threatened to put the shooter away. That was my bad there," the student admits.
Those threats came in the form of letters to two female students, the teen claims he wanted to warn and impress.
The boy's father told us what one of the letters said.
"It said if he got a hold of one of the suckers one of the shooters they'd have to carry them out in body bags. The thing about the body bags was just a gag. He's no terrorist," Don Howard says of his son.
"I don't think I deserved to go to juvie over it . What I did wasn't criminal. It was distasteful," the boy says.
"My son says as far as he knows, nothing happened to the other kid," Howard points out.
"We take it all seriously," Cape Public School Superintendent Dave Scala says.
He says school authorities work closely with police to eliminate any threat, even when they suspect it's just a rumor.
They only hope parents trust them to do their jobs.
"They need to understand we can't always tell people what type of consequences individual students are getting, because there's a confidentiality factor," he says.
"If there's one thing I've learned out of all this, if I hear about another school shooting I'm not going to warn nobody. I'm just going to go home tell my parents, and tell my school administrators - that be it," the student says.
School leaders say that's what any student should do. They suggest parents talk with their children about the effect these so called pranks can have.
These days they could result in serious consequences.
Police also tell me not only do they search for a student's motive when they hear about a threat, they also try to figure out if that student has any access to weapons, or the ability to carry out a threat.