Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA: Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania at a press conference, Wednesday, displayed items he says police retrieved from the bedroom of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School exchange student, An Tso Sun, after he was arrested and held in Delaware County Prison in lieu of US$100,000 bail.
The 18-year-old student, An Tso Sun, threatened to “shoot up” the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School on May 1, police said. Sun allegedly told a fellow student “not come to school on May 1” because he “was going to shoot up the school,”. The student alerted the school authorities who contacted police.
The Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening a shooting at his US high school had ammunition in the home where he was staying and had researched how to buy weapons. His school-issued iPad indicated searches on how to buy an AK-47 or an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, police said.
Police say they recovered a military-style ballistic vest, ammunition clip pouches, a high-powered crossbow and live ammunition from Sun’s bedroom in his Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.
Sun later said he was joking but was charged with making terroristic threats, police said.
“Kudos to the person who stepped forward and helped to avert a tragedy,” the police department said in a tweet.
Public defender Enrique Latoison said that his client “had no intention or plans” to commit a school shooting and that many items found were what he wore to school for a Halloween costume contest.
“I don’t believe what he said rises to the crime of terroristic threatening,” Latoison said.
Latoison declined to comment on the allegations that ammunition was found and that his client researched buying weapons, but he said that even if true, neither was illegal.
Sun remains in Delaware County Prison in lieu of US$100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11.