“Troll” held on $250,000 bail for school shooting threat

A 19-year-old in Washington State is being held on $250,000 bail while authorities investigate a reported post the man made on Facebook in the wake of Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The post in question involved the unnamed man thanking Adam Lanza for his actions and promising to “shoot up every school” within a 100 mile radius of his native Sedro-Woolley if the government decides to take away American citizens’ right to bear arms, something that is not currently up for debate.

Concerned friends quickly told the individual’s parents, who kicked him out of the house on Friday night. Sunday, he turned himself in to authorities, who are looking into whether the man should be charged with harassment with threats to kill, a felony that carries a maximum $10,000 fine, five years in prison, or both.

He has not yet been charged with any crime, and authorities are currently investigating whether or not he actually owns any weapons. In the Facebook post, the man claimed to own a double-barreled shotgun and an AK-47 assault rife. Authorities searched his parents’ home, where he lives, and only found a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

The man has reportedly told authorities that he is an Internet troll who likes to post provocative statements online in an effort to get a rise out of friends and followers.

He will remain in jail through Wednesday or until county prosecutors decide whether to file charges.

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Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger

Chase Hoffberger reported on YouTube, web culture, and crime for the Daily Dot until 2013, when he joined the Austin Chronicle. Until late 2018, he served as that paper’s news editor and reported on criminal justice and politics.