VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Skyview ninth-grader pleaded guilty to one count of harassment and death threats Tuesday after police said he threatened to bring guns to school and shoot students in March.
Police arrested the 15-year-old boy Thursday, March 27 after an investigation by school resource officers. He was taken to juvenile detention.
The boy’s trial was set to start Wednesday but he instead pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 17.
According to court documents, the suspect said he was joking around with friends during a math class. His friends joked they would beat him up. The suspect said he told them he would bring a gun to school and kill them.
One of the suspect's friends told police that the threats of bringing a gun to school began about two weeks ago prior to that and were getting worse, the court documents said. He told police he thought the suspect was getting serious about killing people.
According to the court documents, one of the suspect's friends recorded a short audio clip on his phone. On it, the suspect can be heard saying he was going to kill everyone, the court documents said.
Sentencing for the boy is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15 at 9 a.m.