Thomas Braasch, a 19-year-old from Aslip, has been charged with disorderly conduct and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond after he told a classmate via Facebook last week that he had been planning to kill him for a year and would shoot him at school, according to a Sun-Times report on Sunday.
Braasch and the student he threatened are both students at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Braasch appeared in Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.’s Cook County court on Sunday.
The school was told of the threatening incident by some students who had seen the threat on Facebook.
On Thursday of last week, the day after the threat was made to the other student, Braasch was immediately stopped when he got to the Palos Heights school, according Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Gaffuso. He was then escorted to the school’s office and searched. Authorities did not find a weapon on Braasch, but they did find a Samsung Galaxy 4 phone that was stolen from a Costco store in the 7300 block of South Cicero Avenue in suburban Bedford Park near Palos Heights. The teen was captured on a surveillance camera taking the phone.
Braasch reportedly had told school staff that he planned to kill the classmate, and he allegedly told police he planned to bring a gun to school to “pop” the student. He also asserted that he knew he would get in trouble for posting the threat on Facebook.