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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:33 PM

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Cocke County Deputies Arrest 14 Year Old Boy Who Had "Kill List" Detailing Plans To Shoot Students At Edgemont Elementary School

Cocke County deputies have arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly had a "kill list" detailing plans to shoot specific students at Edgemont Elementary School.

According to the release, a concerned parent brought the list to the Sheriff's Office's attend around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. A deputy contacted the school's principal and began an investigation. The Sheriff's Office was able to identify where the student lives and visited the home. A deputies asked the teen if he had a "kill list," and the teen allegedly went back into the home and retrieved it for the officers.

Sheriff Armando Fontes arrived at the teen's home and said the parents along with the teen cooperated while deputies investigated. The Sheriff's Office said they found a semi-automatic 40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in the mother's bedroom, but no other weapons aside from knives, which the deputies told the parents to secure.

The teenager allegedly told Fontes that he was a bullying victim.

"The child stated he was angry, and had no intention of killing anyone, but he wanted to scare them," the report reads.

Deputies interviewed other students at the school who confirmed the bullying and that it never had been reported to school administrators.

"The investigation revealed that the suspect child was disgruntled, had articulable motive to commit a shooting and had access to only one semi-automatic weapon, yet did not follow through with injuring any students, but did in fact intentionally create legitimate fear," the report read.

The teenager has been charged with disorderly conduct and harassment. In court Friday, the teenager was ordered to refrain from being on any Cocke County Board of Education property and the court also recommended homeschooling for the teen.