CARNATION, Wash. -- A 12-year-old boy is in juvenile detention as police investigate accusations that he plotted to kill at least 20 students and teachers at Tolt Middle School, and then murder his adoptive family.
Parents of one of the alleged targets say it started when their son confronted the suspect who was bullying some girls on a school bus.
"He said he was going to shoot my son and slit his throat to make sure he did a good job," says Traci, who asked us not to use her last name. "There’s three parts to a crime. The planning, the ability and the follow through. He got two-thirds of the way there."
Carnation Police confirm they are investigating a threat made by a 12-year-old 6th grader at Tolt Middle School.
Traci says it was more than just talk.
"He had names, he made a list. He was serious. He got his supplies and he was ready to go."
Court documents obtained by KING 5 News show police found two shotguns and a loaded 9mm handgun in the boy’s possession.
At barely 12-years-old, he appears to have fallen into a violent downward spiral over the past two months. He has recently been arrested for trying to strangle his 12-year-old sister. His adoptive mother told police she feared for her life.
The boy was taken into custody at Tolt Middle School earlier this month without incident. He was expelled from school and placed in the King County Juvenile Detention Center.
Police say guns were never found on the middle school campus. Right now the boy faces two assault charges, but prosecutors acknowledge other charges are possible. The boy is scheduled for arraignment next week. Police and prosecutors haven’t said whether they know where the weapons came from.
Parents say they were never notified. School officials refused comment.
While the 12-year-old remains locked up, Traci is worried about Washington state laws that she says fail to adequately address what to do with children who are so disturbed at such a young age.
"What do you do with a kid like this? I have no idea, but he shouldn't be out in society. I don’t want to be one of those parents who gets the most horrible phone call in the world."