A grandmother just stopped a mass school shooting at the last minute

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Just a day after the nation was rocked by the horrifying massacre of children in a place of learning, we learn that we nearly had to deal with two mass killings in the same week.

A grandmother in Everett, Washington, discovered plans for a school shooting using explosives and military-style guns to kill as many as his classmates as he could and immediately alerted the authorities. 

“I’m preparing myself for the school shooting. I can’t wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate … I can’t wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletives) away” wrote Joshua Alexander O’Connor, eighteen years old.

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The journal detailed how he had been researching other mass killers and was “learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes.”

The police discovered grenades and an AK-47 assault rifle concealed in the man’s guitar case, which he had used to rob a convenience store the week earlier. He wrote about how powerful it made him feel to point a gun in the clerk’s face and how much he enjoyed the feeling.

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O’Connor confessed to the robbery and tried to escape the police station, kicking an officer in the process. He’s being held on $5 million bail and charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on an officer and first-degree robbery.

It should rock us all to the very core that another would-be killer was discovered so soon after the last shooting. There is a myriad of factors that drive American youths to such gruesome acts, and it’s hair-tearingly obvious that they aren’t being addressed.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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