A potential school shooting in Kentucky was thwarted by a New Jersey mother following her instinct after she received threatening messages online.
The suspected gunman was arrested by Kentucky State Police before even leaving his driveway reportedly bent on a planned attack at a nearby school after a tip from Koeberle Bull over 600 miles away, according to WTXF.
Bull was shocked to find a hateful Facebook message from a man she didn’t know last week.
“I was angry that someone could even think that way about three beautiful children,” the widowed Lumberton, New Jersey mother with three biracial children said.
The hate-filled, racist message from someone named Dylan Jarrell read, in part, “There’s no such thing as white privileged you f***ing autistic f***. I hope your black children gets hung for you being so stupid. … Act your race.”
Bull told WKYT that the he “basically repeating himself about hoping my children would die and be hung because they’re black. It was definitely racially motivated, ‘you and your monkey children’ and using the ‘n’ word a lot.”
With the help of friends who could access his profile page after Bull was blocked by Jarrell, she found he claimed to be from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky and his profile picture showed him posing with a weapon. While she still did not know who he was or how he had come to find her on Facebook, the mother felt she had to say something.
“Something in the back of my head was like this isn’t right, like something’s not sitting well,” she said.
The Kentucky State Police thankfully took her complaint seriously and, in a few hours, confronted the 21-year-old suspect as he was pulling out of his driveway.
“I can tell you he was caught backing out of this driveway,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders told WTXF.
Police and FBI agents “found evidence of a credible and imminent threat to Shelby and Anderson county schools,” Kentucky State Police spokesman Josh Lawson said. A cache of weapons was found in Jarrell’s home as well as internet history researching school shootings.
“A firearm, over 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine and a detailed plan of attack were also discovered in the possession of the subject,” authorities revealed.
“There is no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation we saved lives,” Commissioner Rick Sanders said at a news conference. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc. He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary, and the only thing standing between him and evil and doing evil is law enforcement.”
Jarrell pleaded not guilty to “making terroristic threats” on Monday, WTXF reported and was also charged with harassing communications.
“I would hope that someone would, in the same situation, just do the same thing. Because, obviously, you never know. It could be an idle threat or it could be the next mass shooter,” Bull told WKYT.
The mother just did what she felt she needed to do to protect her children and does not see herself as a hero.
“I’m not a guardian angel. I’m not a hero. I’m a mom,” Bull said, but her 8-year-old son, Isaiah, did not agree,
“I think she’s my guardian angel and she’s also my hero,” he told WTXF.