The mother of a 12-year-old boy arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his classmates at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Omaha told Channel 6 News Thursday he's been bullied since the start of the school year.
According to police, the boy, not being named because of his age, got into a fight with another student during gym class on December 18th.
The suspect's mother, Amy, is defending her seventh-grade son. “It was heartbreaking ‘cause it’s not in his character at all. When I heard what was said I was blown away.”
According to a teacher, Amy's son was playing dodgeball in gym when he got into an argument with another boy. Upset, he threw a ball at the classmate and then pushed him in the chest. After more arguing, her son slapped the boy in the face.
That’s not what Amy says happened. She says her son was provoked by a bully. “He said vulgarities to my son that was pretty bad after he had knocked my son to the floor and my son said what he said as he got up off the floor.”
According to the police report, several eyewitnesses heard her son threaten to bring a gun to class and kill everyone. “You think Connecticut was bad, wait to see what I do. I'll paint these walls red. I'll kill you all. I'm going to bring a gun to school and kill all of you."
“It was the heat of the moment on his part because he said they never leave me alone, they're never scared of me, I just wanted to be left alone," said Amy, who added her son has been bullied since the second week of classes. She said it's the same group of boys and it always happens in gym when they're playing volleyball or dodgeball.
Police say both students were taken to the principal's office and the school resource officer was notified. The student was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for making terroristic threats. He spent Christmas at the juvenile center.
Police checked the home and did not find any weapons. Amy said they don't own any. She understands what her son did was wrong and he understands that. “He's learned a lesson big time, he even said it himself, he learned a lesson.”
Amy said he's been expelled for at least one year, but she plans on enrolling him in another school. Her son is due in court on January 24th.
Omaha Public Schools says it can't comment on any disciplinary action taken by the school.