Teen Built Bombs, Modified Stolen Guns To Attack High School

A 15-year-old Michigan boy had planned to shoot students and bomb his high school on Monday.

Paw Paw, MI – A 15-year-old Michigan student modified firearms and created explosives as part of a plot to attack his school, the boy told his parents.

Investigators said the attack was scheduled to be carried out on Monday, WOOD reported.

"He came to us and said that he’s been really upset and said that he’s been planning to do something bad," the boy's stepfather told WOOD. "It was a big shock."

The boy went to his parents on Sunday, and was clearly distraught. He told them he had modified firearms that he stole from his grandfather so that he could conceal them in a bag.

The teen’s parents took him to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (VBCSO), and he told investigators about his plot as a search warrant was being conducted at the family’s residence, WXMI reported.

"He wanted to go. He knew that he needed help," the boy’s stepfather told WOOD. "He walked right into the lobby and was like, ‘This is what I’ve been planning on doing.' He said, 'This is where you can find everything.'"

The unnamed teen said that the students he planned to target had been bullying him since he transferred to Paw Paw High School in 2017.

His tormenters had “shoved him into lockers, punched him in the throat, [and] knocked him down with no remorse,” his stepfather explained.

The harassment and physical assaults amped up after a photo of the student in his underwear somehow began circulating among his peers during the summer of 2017.

"Since that point, it's just been relentless," the teen’s stepfather said.

“We had information come into our office yesterday evening about a kid that was possibly going to carry out some terrorist threats at Paw Paw High School today,” Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott told WXMI on Monday. “Once at the residence they did recover two stolen firearms which had been sawed down that was going to be used with multiple rounds.”

Investigators also found Molotov cocktails and materials to build pipe bombs at the home, the sheriff said, according to WOOD.

The teenager had experimented with explosives and fuses, and had compiled a hit list, one officer testified during the boy’s Monday arraignment in South Haven.

"He wanted to blow the school up on top of him," the boy's stepfather said. "I was in shock. I just couldn’t believe it ... We couldn't think at that point. How'd this even get to this point?"

The teen even devised a plan to keep his siblings home, so that they wouldn’t be harmed during the attack, police said.

"There's no question in my mind there was going to be a terrorist act today,” Sheriff Abbott told WOOD. “The guns were going to go inside a school along with the bombs.”

“There was 100 percent intent on murders happening,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the family, something horrific probably would’ve happened today.”

“These parents did a good job, and I hope the public sees that,” Sheriff Abbot added.

Investigators said that the boy was acting alone, and classes were cancelled at Paw Paw High School on Monday while police verified that the school was safe, WXMI reported.

Classes resumed on Tuesday.

The teen was charged with two felony counts of larceny of firearms, two felony counts of possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle, two felony counts of felony firearm, attempted manufacture of explosives, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a Molotov cocktail explosive device.

Sheriff Abbott said that the boy would “be getting the help he needs.”

"He asked for help. He's been asking for help," his stepfather said. "I'm really worried that he might be made an example of."

The teen was being held at the Allegan County Juvenile Center.

Prosecutors planned to try him as an adult, and a hearing on the matter was scheduled for March 29, according to WOOD.

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We still need armed police in the schools just in case, but address issues before they get out of hand. You generally have to push a person pretty far before they resort to murder / suicide (see no other way out). Unless they are mentally deranged.


I so agree the kid needs help. I'm 57 years old I so know what it was like to be bullied in school . But I never even thought about killing anyone for it. People need to get there self and there kids in church. We need to bring our lord Jesus Christ back into our country and our schools.


The bullying should stop, start with the parents for not knowing what their children are doing. The boy didn't just start, it takes time to do all the things,he was doing


The judge and lawyer are just as bad as the parents they are always giving a criminal a pass because of the past As Bad as I feel for the boy, he was going to hurt and kill others, where is their protection


We won't let our kids fight anymore. Where is the outlet? How do they deal with it? We used to fight and get a black-eye, cut lip then go back to school. Eventually, we sometimes even developed a cordial relationship with that person mostly because the person knew you would fight if you HAD to. There's no relief now so instead there's an explosion.


Bullies need consequences, they do things and say things when no one of authority is watching. Kids that are being bullied need to fight back loudly! My mom used to tell me the bigger they are the harder they fall! I had 2 older brothers and neighborhood full of boys so I fought back with my fists. If my son ever gets in trouble for defending himself someone atb Paw Paw school is going to get the wrath of his mother. He's only 5 and told to keep his hands to himself but not to let other kids push him around either. Teachers and school staff that are told about it need to be held accountable for not taking action. I was a supervisor for for 8 yers alone on 3rd shift and was told document document document. I'm going to be telling my son the same thing so when push comes to shove there will be records that this kid did this this and this to me. I told this teacher or counselor and they nothing is going to come back to haunt them.


Once again the zero bullying tolerance policy has failed again, the school systems have not and will not deal with the issue, most of these policies hold the victim and bully at fault since most suspend both parties involved. how about the bully get suspended or removed from the school altogether and the victim gets some actual protection. Really how many more times do we have to read about a student so upset with being bullied they resort to physical violence to end the torment of these bullies?