An 18-year-old girl was arrested in Oklahoma for threatening to shoot up her old high school
Eighteen-year-old recent high school grad Alexis Wilson was arrested in McAlester, Oklahoma after threatening to open fire on her old high school with her newly purchased AK-47. According to The Washington Post, the teenager reportedly told her coworker at Pizza Inn that she had recently purchased an AK-47 and wanted to “shoot 400 people for fun” at her old high school where she had been bullied.
The coworker told her manager, who then reported it to police. When officers arrived at Wilson’s house, she told the officers that she “would never shoot up a school” or people and that her co-worker “must have taken what she said wrong.” However, Wilson admitted to feeling “suicidal and borderline homicidal” toward her classmates at McAlester High who bullied her and had thought about harming them “in the past.”
According to the sheriff’s office, Wilson was once suspended from McAlester High for bringing a knife to school and for displaying swastikas on her personal belongings. In her booking photo, Wilson is seen wearing a shirt that references The Anarchist Cookbook, a book that is essentially a manual for violent uprisings and has been found in the possession of both the Columbine shooters and the Aurora, Colorado shooter. Additionally, Wilson told the officers that she had “disturbing and criminal-like things” on her phone. The officers collected her iPhone, an AK-47 with six magazines, and a 12-gauge shotgun, and charged her with a felony for making a terrorist threat against the high school.
“In today’s times, you can’t say stuff like that,” Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris told KTUL. “We’re going to take it serious and investigate it to the fullest extent and make an arrest if possible because we do not want any of our schools getting shot up — nobody does.”
Morris added that while a female shooter is rare, “a female can pull the trigger just as easily as a male,” and that all threats should be handled this seriously.
Wilson’s mother Sonya Smith stood by her daughter’s innocence during her arraignment hearing on Monday, September 16. The mom claimed that her daughter’s guns were for hunting and she “didn’t think anything of it.”
In light of all the gun tragedies and mass shootings in America, law enforcement is rightfully taking these threats seriously. Just last month in Florida, local police released video footage arresting a teenager who threatened to shoot up his school in a Minecraft chatroom. The teen and his mother claimed that it was a “joke.” Police hoped the video would deter other teenagers from making the same kind of threats, because we do not live in a society where a “joke” about a mass shooting is ever funny.