Federal agents jail MS student for threatening to shoot up school

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (AP/WMC) - A Mississippi high school student is jailed after the FBI charged him with threatening a school shooting over social media.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy Percy on Friday ordered 19-year-old Nathan Caleb Brown of Southaven held without bail, finding he was too dangerous to release.

Defense lawyers representing Brown couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Court papers show they oppose the judge's denial of bail.

Officials confiscated three handguns, two knives, and a box of ammunition from Brown's home, according to court papers.

The FBI arrested Brown on Thursday at DeSoto Central High School in Southaven.

A student at Brown's high school described him as quiet and keeps to himself. His attorney Steve Farese said he's a teacher's assistant and a polite kid.

But according to the affidavit, this quiet and polite kid made some disturbing comments online.

On March 13, he posted a picture of Columbine High School students during National Walk Out Day and said, "Who wanna make a Columbine V2 with me."

On February 18 he posted "You're right I've already stocked up" with a picture of a gun shop and him holding a large knife and a chrome plated pump action shotgun on a bed.

Brown admits making the postings, saying they were meant "to be funny online."

Officials were criticized for ignoring tips warning about shooting suspect before the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

While Brown never mentioned a mass shooting at DeSoto-Central, he was arrested there Thursday and charged with threatening a school shooting over social media.

"Everybody needs to be proactive about it," DeSoto County resident Christine Schuller said. "It's a nationwide problem. It's not just here. It's everywhere."

Brown's attorney said the FBI is just being overly cautious in the wake of other school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida.

When FBI agents searched his home, they found multiple knives in Brown's bedroom and three handguns in his mother's room.

His computer also had numerous searches of serial killers and school shootings.

WMC went to Brown's Southaven home where he lives with his parents. No one answered.

But Schuller said there's one way to make sure threats like this don't happen.

"Parents need to be more involved," Schuller said. "They need to get involved with their activities. They need to monitor what they're doing."

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