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New Details In Alleged School Threat

Updated: Tuesday, April 23 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

A search warrant was released Monday in the case of the Tuscola High School student accused of threatening to wage a Columbine-style attack at the school.

Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Matthew Tingle - who the warrant refers to as Matthew Tingle - was arrested and charged with the felony crime of making a false report of mass violence last Thursday.

The warrant depicts Tingle as a troubled young man who had been disciplined by the school recently and was involved in four incidents in which law enforcement was called over the last six years.

The documents reveal that Tingle told at least four classmates - who then spoke to authorities - that he was planning a massacre inside the school last Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the killings at Columbine High on April 20, 1999.  One classmate told officials that Tingle planned to target quote "rednecks and jocks".

Two students told authorities Tingle showed them photos of himself with two guns, another reported Tingle said he had a pipe bomb, and a fourth boy said that Tingle warned him not to come to school Friday. The warrant describes how, when the boy asked why, he says Tingle answered "Just don't."

As far as Tingle's actual plan on April 19, the warrant says that on the school bus Tingle told a classmate that he had a map of the school and that he planned to arrive there early on Friday and put bombs in trash cans.

The Tuscola High freshman had a history of problems at the school; he was disciplined by staff five times in a span of six months. The most recent two offenses were threatening to kill others and communicating threats.

For a class assignment, Tingle wrote about Columbine killers Dylan Kleibold and Eric Harris, saying they're people he "respects the most." The warrant says the papers were covered with violent images.

During a psychiatric evaluation last week Tingle denied making any threats, according to the warrant.

Whether Tingle had possession of guns or bomb making materials is still not clear, Monday afternoon the portion of the search warrant listing the items that authorities confiscated from Tingle's home is yet to be made public.

Tingle is banned from school property during the investigation.


By Ashlea Surles
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