While many parents permit their children to grow up around guns, one Pennsylvania mother took things one step further. According to the National Post, the mother of a 14-year-old boy is being charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering firearms to her minor son, who was allegedly planning a school shooting.
The 14-year-old boy was detained in January 2017 after he allegedly schemed up an idea to bring a gun to his school. Authorities claim that he was planning a school shooting.
Lenora Ann Hendrix, 45, apparently knew about a collection of firearms that her son was keeping in his room. The collection of weapons was discovered after police searched the home after finding out about the shooting plan.
One day, as the boy and his classmates were driving home on the school bus, the boy was overheard by other students say that he was planning to bring his guns to school to murder everybody he didn't like. Apparently, the students who overheard this conversation didn't think that he was joking, and it was soon discovered that he likely wasn't, especially after they searched his bedroom.
Uniontown Area High School students were in danger. The young man's name has not yet been released to the public, but he was soon arrested after authorities investigated the matter. According to the National Post, numerous weapons were taken from his bedroom, including a semi-automatic rifle, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a shotgun, a crossbow, machetes, throwing knives and bulk ammunition.
The mother actually promoted the young man to own such weapons and apparently let him keep them in his room. Her reason was simple: she wanted him to grow up knowing how to use weapons and be around weapons in a responsible matter. The mother allegedly believed that letting her son own these weapons was simply a part of responsible parenting.
District Attorney Rich Bower claims that the suspect was indeed planning on a killing spree, but was luckily caught in time. Bower also claims that authorities have reached a motive for why the young man was planning to murder his fellow classmates: he "didn't like them."
“He just didn’t like them. That’s what he said, he didn’t like them. What a reason to do something,” said Bower.
ABC News reports that the suspect believed it would be very easy to smuggle a gun into his school within his backpack. He also claimed that he owned and could use a sniper rifle from a great distance, or he wished for "mass casualties" he could use his rifle.
The son, says ABC, was charged with terroristic threats, possession of a firearm by a minor, and criminal attempt to commit catastrophe.
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