MUKILTEO — Three students took to heart the boy’s threats to shoot up Kamiak High School.
The girls reported what they heard to a coach and Mukilteo police were called to investigate. Officers arrested a 16-year-old at his high school in Seattle late last month. The teen allegedly admitted to making threats to shoot students at Kamiak, including his ex-girlfriend, according to court papers.
“Cool. I didn’t know I could be arrested for that,” the boy reportedly said at the time.
Prosecutors last week charged the teen with two counts of felony harassment. The victims listed are the boy’s ex-girlfriend and the girl’s new boyfriend.
That young man “immediately started to shake and get tears in his eyes and turned red,” when police told him about the threats, according to court papers. He told police that he is afraid of the defendant.
He said that the other boy is unpredictable and uses drugs, Mukilteo police wrote in an affidavit. The teen also reported that the suspect’s father owns guns.
The Daily Herald isn’t naming the defendant because he’s been charged as a juvenile.
The defendant allegedly told his ex-girlfriend he has a gun. She said she hadn’t seen it though, according to the police report. The girl told police that the defendant had made threats in the past to shoot up the school.
He “told her he had a firearm last year during a fire drill at Kamiak and was going to shoot his schoolmates but at the last minute he got scared and left campus,” police wrote.
The girl also reported that the boy made veiled threats this summer, about a week after a former Kamiak High School student allegedly opened fire at a house party, killing three former classmates and injuring a fourth.
Allen Ivanov, charged with aggravated murder, allegedly told police that he was upset that his ex-girlfriend didn’t want to reconcile with him. The young woman, Anna Bui, was shot multiple times at close range.
Police later learned that Ivanov, 19, had told friends that he was considering shooting Bui days before he opened fire.
The Mukilteo boy who was arrested last month allegedly told his girlfriend that the July 30 shooting in Mukilteo “sounds like something I would do, good thing we aren’t going to break up,” court papers said.
Police said that days before his arrest, the 16-year-old made threats, which went unreported. Officers uncovered text messages between the boy and some of his friends. He also was sending messages via Snapchat. The teen allegedly wrote, “I’m about to go all Columbine,” likely referring to the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
He allegedly wrote that he was going to take a gun from his father’s house and “kill every (expletive) who’s ever (expletive) with me.”
One of the friends who exchanged texts with the defendant revealed the threats to another friend Sept. 29. That girl told two other students. The trio went to their coach and reported the threats, according to court papers.
The school resource officer began investigating, speaking with several students. A detective and sergeant later detained the boy at his school in Seattle. He allegedly told police he was upset about his ex-girlfriend’s new relationship. During the interview the sergeant removed his jacket, exposing his department-issued firearm. The teen asked if the gun was a Glock.
The boy, who lives in Mukilteo, was booked into Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett. His mom posted $500 cash bail. The boy is scheduled to be arraigned later this month.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.