Court documents: Resident uncovers Glover College student’s plan to shoot principal and staff

A curious resident uncovered the plan of a suspended 13-year-old student at Glover Middle School to shoot staff, according to court documents filed Thursday.

The boy was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the FBI and the Spokane Police Department on suspicion of three counts of stalking.

A man was sitting outside a house he was renovating with the landlord on Tuesday morning when a teenager approached them, court documents show.

The landlord asked the boy why he was not at school, the tipster told police. The student responded that he was expelled because he buried a gun on school grounds.

The man, who lives in the home he is helping renovate, was concerned about recent school shootings across the United States and asked the boy further questions, according to court documents. The boy said he buried a Glock 19 at school because he had been threatened by several men in their twenties, and if they showed up he would shoot them.

Police spokeswoman Julie Humphreys said she was unable to answer questions Thursday evening about whether a firearm had been located at the college or whether the school had been searched.

The boy then told the man that his younger cousin had told adults about his gun at school and that’s why he was expelled. The 13-year-old said he was mad at the school for expelling him, so he was going to ‘blow some plugs in the school’, specifically targeting ‘the headmaster and the staff’, said the police forecaster.

The boy also told the man that his parents were largely absent from his life. Both used drugs, so he spent most of his time at his grandfather’s house on North Lincoln Street.

At one point, the boy pulled out a pipe and smoked marijuana, the man told police. Later in the conversation, the 13-year-old pulled out a clear pipe and smoked what the man believed to be methamphetamine, he told police.

Later that day, the man who spoke to the boy went to Glover Middle School and told Assistant Principal Alyson Chamberlin of the threats.

Chamberlin acknowledged that the boy had made numerous threats in the past and called 911, according to court documents.

When police responded to the school on Wednesday afternoon, Chamberlin told police she believed the boy was capable of carrying out his threat to shoot school staff. She also told police the boy threatened to stab a teacher in the neck and rip his veins out.

The boy had been seen on social media holding a Glock handgun and had access to drugs, she told police.

When questioned by police on Wednesday, Glover Middle School principal Mark Lund agreed with Chamberlin’s assessment that the boy was capable of carrying out his shooting threat. A school intervention specialist who worked with the boy also told police she felt capable of bringing a gun to school and injuring staff and students, according to court documents.

The 13-year-old boy was taken into custody in May 2021 for bullying another student. A month later, he was suspended, according to court documents. On February 1 of this school year, the boy was again suspended; however, the reason for the suspension was not stated in court documents.

On February 18, the boy was suspended for threatening to slit another student’s throat, according to court documents. In a voicemail, the boy told a friend how he would stab a female student multiple times in the chest, according to school records obtained by police.

Police said Thursday night they were not aware of any reports of the February threat.

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl recently criticized Spokane Public Schools for failing to report violent threats and incidents at schools. The FBI has since begun to look into these allegations.

Deputy Police Chief Justin Lundgren echoed that criticism on Thursday.

“In today’s environment, every threat involving a school must be taken seriously. When there are indicators that violence may be occurring in a school, officers have very little time to assess and intervene before the threats materialize into potential violent actions,” Lundgren wrote in an email. “Our chance for a peaceful outcome depends on reporting threats to law enforcement quickly.”

Spokane Public Schools did not immediately respond to request for comment Thursday evening.

Because school staff deemed the most recent threat to be credible and reported to police, officers were stationed at Glover Middle School throughout the day Wednesday.

Spokane police and the FBI located the student and arrested him around noon Wednesday.

The boy’s parents and grandfather told police they were not aware of any firearms in their home or in the possession of the 13-year-old, according to court documents.

The boy made his first appearance in juvenile court on Thursday and remains in juvenile custody in Spokane County.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a student at Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights brought a gun to school in a backpack, according to an email sent to parents by the school principal. ‘school. Airway Heights police did not respond to request for comment on the incident.

In March, police arrested a 12-year-old student from Willard Elementary School for bringing a loaded gun to school. Police declined to provide details of the incident as the investigation is ongoing.

Martha K. Merrill