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What Not To Do If You're Planning An Attack On Your School

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Mar 6, 2009 5:25PM

2009_03_06_FB.jpg Sometimes, life can get you down and you just get so frustrated you don't know how else to channel your rage. One way you shouldn't, however, is to go on your Facebook profile and threaten to pull a Columbine on your school. Kyle P. Tulley, 17, of Joliet Catholic Academy, learned that the hard way this week. Tulley was arrested on Thursday after a few other students at his school noticed threats he had posted on his Facebook page. Tulley's been charged with disorderly conduct and harassment through electronic communications for threatening to punch Jeffery Budz, the school's principal. But Tulley didn't stop there. Per WBBM:

Starting about 9 p.m. Wednesday, several students noticed an online argument between Tulley and others on Facebook. The back-and-forth allegedly included threats of violence, Joliet police Chief Fred Hayes said.

Besides the alleged threat against Budz, Tulley allegedly referred to a firearm and an attack at JCA similar to the mass shooting by two students at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999.


"[The Facebook conversation] does mention one student name in particular," Hayes said. "We are looking into the possibility that there may have been some type of argument about a girl or about an Xbox game that may have [been a motivation for the argument]."

Hayes later added, "This is a good example of students coming forward when they see or hear things being communicated. This is a great example of working together to ensure everyone's safety."