A Facebook message perceived as a school threat has resulted in the arrest of a woman for making terroristic threats. Teri Pallat says the message was prompted by her son being bullied.
Lewis Central High School had extra attention from police after students saw the Facebook post on Monday. It didn't take long for the message to spread among the 950 students. Some shared it with administrators who called police.
Teri Pallat says she was upset with the school over the bullying that her 15-year-old son faced. She says that’s what prompted the post that stated, “and they asked why do people shoot up schools, well this is exactly why… and when our son does it ‘cause I know he will have nobody to blame but the administration and I promise everyone he will only get the ones that caused this. He is an excellent marks men."
Investigators say they had no choice but to act.
Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said, “Some folks may say this is an over-reaction. I don't know if there is an over-reaction to these types of threats anymore. We're a year out from Sandy Hook; a couple days out from the Colorado school shooting. We have to take these threats extremely seriously."
Attorney Michael Murphy tells WOWT Six News that his client was upset with the inaction of the school over her bullying complaint. He calls her Facebook post inappropriate but harmless adding the family does not have any firearms.
The school says it only heard about the bullying complaints a month ago and continues to investigate.
Lewis Central Principal Joel Beyenhof said he doesn’t believe bullying is a problem at the school.
“I don't think so,” he said. “My own kids go to Lewis Central. One of the things we are known for is our climate of our school. It's very welcoming."