A New Jersey mom woke up to some disturbing messages regarding her children. She went with her instincts, reported the situation to police, and potentially stopped an atrocity from happening.
Koeberle Bull said she received a racist message on Facebook from a Kentucky man regarding her biracial children.
“Well, I woke up Wednesday morning to a message. [He was] basically repeating himself about hoping my children would die and be hung because they’re black. It was definitely racially motivated, ‘you and your monkey children’ and using the ‘n’ word a lot,” she said.
She first thought he was local and called 911.
The man had blocked Bull on Facebook so her friends did some research and found that he lived in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. How he found Bull’s Facebook page is unknown.
She said after the messages and finding out where he was from, something wasn’t sitting right with her.
Trusting her instincts, she called the police in Lawrenceburg. “I spoke to Officer Josh Satterly, who told me, ‘There’s no room for this kind of hate in my world’. He took me seriously.”
Following up on the tip, police drove to the home of 20-year-old Dylan Jarrell. And what they found astounded them.
Jarrell was leaving his house with more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, a firearm, a 100-round high-capacity magazine, and a “detailed plan of attack.” He was headed to the schools in the districts Anderson County and Shelby County.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation, we saved lives,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc. He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary. And the only thing that stood between him and evil … is law enforcement.”
Police found more evidence of a planned shooting when they searched Jarrell’s home. His internet search history revealed “How to conduct a school shooting” and a “credible and imminent threat to Shelby and Anderson County schools,” according to a press release.
This wasn’t the first time Jarrell has been under suspicion either. In May he was questioned by the FBI regarding social media threats against a Tennessee school.
Jarrell has been charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening and one count of harassing communications.