Foiled Pennsylvania High School Shooting: Suspect & Mother Charged

An alert student reported overhearing a schoolmate allegedly telling others that he was going to shoot four students he disliked at the Uniontown High School. Police searched a 14-year-old suspect’s home and found a virtual arsenal in his bedroom. Both the boy and his mother have been charged in connection to this foiled Pennsylvania high school shooting.

Police say they averted a Pennsylvania high school shooting in Uniontown after they searched the home of a 14-year-old student and found a cache of weapons there. The unidentified student was taken into custody on January 25, 2018.

The student was allegedly overheard by a classmate threatening to shoot four students he disliked at the school, which is located about 70 miles south of Pittsburgh. This classmate told their parents and police about the threat.

Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said at a news conference in January, “Quite frankly the parent and the child who reported this are the heroes. Had they not reported this, there could have been a major catastrophe at Uniontown High School.”

The authorities eventually went to the suspect’s home and found an arsenal of weapons in his bedroom that included a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, throwing knives, two machetes, two lever-action rifles, a crossbow, a revolver, and bulk ammunition.

It was not clear at the time how the 14-year-old had obtained these weapons.

Charges Laid in Pennsylvania High School Shooting Plot

On February 12, 2018, the mother of the suspect was charged in connection to the foiled Pennsylvania high school shooting. Lenora Ann Hendrix of Markleysburg, Pennsylvania has been charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering or providing a firearm to a minor.

When Hendrix was asked by the police about the weapons, she replied that she allowed her son to store firearms in his bedroom to teach him responsibility and to “let him grow up,” according to a criminal complaint.

Bower said the suspect had “indicated that it would be extremely easy to sneak a gun into a school in his backpack. And he also indicated that he could use a sniper rifle from a distance, or use a shotgun for mass casualties.”

The authorities said the teen has been charged with terroristic threats, possession of a firearm by a minor, and criminal attempt to commit catastrophe.