Jackson Township, Ohio: Schools in the Jackson Local School District in Stark County, Ohio, were placed on lock-down after 13-year-old Keith Simons, a seventh grade student of Jackson Memorial Middle School shot himself in the men’s restroom, according to Jackson Township Police. The school is about 55 miles south of Cleveland.
All other students and faculty members were not injured.
According to police, Keith Simons had planned a school shooting. Keith Simons exited a bathroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School holding a rifle but then changed his mind, went back into the bathroom and killed himself.
The following preliminary timeline has been constructed by police based on a review of surveillance video:
– At approximately 7:10 a.m., Simons departed his home and walked with a noticeable limp to the bus stop—Simons had a weapon concealed in his clothing.
– At approximately 7:44 a.m., Simons arrived at school and immediately proceeded to a male bathroom. Within a couple of minutes, Simons is observed exiting the bathroom with a black long gun in his hands (.22 rifle), approximately four students were in the vicinity, but did not appear to notice Simons. One male student leaving the bathroom did notice Simons holding a weapon, that student proceeded to notify faculty.
– At approximately 7:50 a.m., faculty found Simons lying on the bathroom floor and yelled for 911 to be contacted.
The investigation revealed some disturbing documentation on Simons’ phone involving an “admiration” for the Columbine shooters along with an eight-step plan of “attack” at Jackson Memorial Middle School.
The discovered documentation contained entries from February 14, 2018 through February 20, 2018. Portions of a few of these entries are listed below:
February 16, 2018 – “I wanna leve a lasting impression on the world and I Keith M. Simons also wants to leve a lasting impression on the world.”
February 17, 2018 – “I’ll look in to those scared little britches eyes before I kill them there’s now I’ll have followers because I’m so awesome I know someone will follow me just like I followed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebolt’s me and them want close to the same thing, It’s going to be fun……They say school shootings are horrible but they don’t think like us like me Eric and Dylan….”.
February 18, 2018 – “…..I’m going to die doing it, I hate those people, when they interview my parents and ask how they didn’t see the signs they should know it’s not them it’s me and it’s because of how I see the world….I’d hurt and destroy something bigger but my schools an easy target….”
February 19, 2018 – “……this will be bigger than anything this country’s ever seen, ……..I’ve been planning this for a few weeks and thought about it a few months, I will never be forgotten I’ll be a stain in American history and the Simons history, it’s going to be so mutch fun. They won’t expect a thing”.
During a news conference, authorities said a “distraction” device was found in the student’s backpack.
A distraction device would be “something that could make some smoke, or make a bang,” said the Jackson Township Police Chief. A bomb was not found, police said.
No other weapons were found, authorities said.
Police say the boy was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Hundreds of parents gathered outside of the school as school officials worked to safely dismiss students from Jackson Memorial Middle School.
As a precautionary measure, four district elementary schools are closed Tuesday.
The area high school is in the process of being evacuated. Also, all evening activities are canceled.
Grief counselors have been made available to students impacted by the incident.
EARLIER: 15yo Girl Charged For School ‘Blow Up’ Plot – Kentucky State Police – Mckee, Kentucky, USA: A 15-year-old girl, student at Jackson County High School, has been charged with ‘Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree’, for threatening to blow up the school with ‘an explosive device’, Kentucky State Police allege. She is being held at the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was contacted this morning by the staff at Jackson County High School alleging that one of their students made a threat to bring an explosive device to school.
The initial investigation indicates that a 15-year-old student commented that she would be bringing a bomb to blow the school up.
The alleged student was identified and a search of the school was conducted. There were not any explosive devices located during the search, and as a result of the ongoing investigation the student was taken into custody.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper Toney Allen. He was assisted at the scene by KSP Personnel, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Jackson County High School Staff, the police said.
Authorities have not released the name of the student.
Jackson county high school principal was reportedly warned about the girl who threatened to blow it up. Another student reported about a month ago that the accused was killing kittens outside the school. When the student told the principal he reportedly said there’s no proof and did not follow up further.
Kentucky State Police also received a call on Saturday about a social media post threatening North Laurel Middle School in Laurel County.
Preliminary investigation indicated that a 14-year-old male who attends North Laurel Middle School sent a message to another student threatening to shoot up the school.
The juvenile was located several hours later, arrested, and lodged in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center on the charge of Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree.
Rockcastle County High School in Kentucky also received a threat of a school shooting on Monday.
Schools Superintendent David Pensol however said the threat at said the threat at Rockcastle County High School was unsubstantiated, but they will have heavy police presence at the school throughout the week.
Rash of dozens of copycat school threats has swept the nation this week, after massacre of 17 in Parkland, Florida school shooting on Wednesday:
Edward Charles Osgood, 14, allegedly promised ‘Florida round 3’ on Snapchat. He posed with gun after South Carolina teen posted ‘Florida round 2’ on Wednesday.
In Norfolk, Virginia a boy, 14, was accused of threatening shooting on Monday.
A North Carolina girl, Mackenzie Ray Swink, 17 was charged on Monday with threat to “Shoot Up The School”.
One day after the Parkland shooting, a Florida girl, 11, wrote gun threat note.
A 13-year boy was arrested on terrorist threat charge on Sunday in Republic, Missouri
More than 20 arrests heve been reported across the country in more than a dozen states sincethe mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday
EARLIER: Mackenzie Ray Swink: NC HS Student Allegedly Planned To “Shoot Up The School” – Morganton, North Carolina, USA: A student at Patton High School in Morganton has been jailed after another student reported hearing someone say they planned to “shoot up the school.” 17 yr old Mackenzie Ray Swink is being held on a $50,000 bond.
This is just days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where 17 people were shot and killed by 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz – a former student at the school.
The florida shooting has sparked protests and planned protests across the country calling for gun control reform.
Students protested in front of the White House for stricter gun control laws today shouting “Shame On You” and insisting on gun control reform.
The event was organized over Facebook by a group called Teens for Gun Reform, which listed their intentions in a post: “By doing this, we will make a statement on the atrocities which have been committed due to the lack of gun control, and send a powerful message to our government that they must take action now.”
The somber protests lasted only a few minutes “in order to symbolize how quickly someone, such as the Parkland [Florida] shooter, is able to purchase a gun in America,” organizers wrote, alluding to Nikolas Cruz, who, according to court documents, confessed to firing on unarmed students and teachers with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where the mass shooting took place are planning a massive rally against school and gun violence called “March for Our Lives” in Washington D.C. on March 24.
Smaller rallies and protests are being organized in cities around the U.S.
The Women’s March youth branch, EMPOWER, is also organizing a national school walk out on March 14, the one month anniversary of the Florida shooting.
The Network for Public Education and the American Federation of Teachers called on students, teachers and administrators to organize sit-ins, walkouts and other acts of protest on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
The groups said the goal is to get lawmakers to enact gun control legislation.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said the answer to school violence is to keep guns away from people who should not have them. She said she hopes the April 20 protest turns into a broader movement for change.