A student of Westglades Middle School, Parkland Middle School, Florida, would have planned to use a rifle to hit a 13-year-old named Spencer, who was also enrolled in the same institute.
According to what reported by The Blast portal, thanks to a game of Fortnite the threat would have been temporarily foiled by the authorities.
The attack would have been avoided in fact thanks to an involuntary confession by the potential bomber, who during a game session dealing with the battle royale of Epic Games, would have revealed to a friend the desire to carry a weapon with him to shoot schoolmate Spencer.
Baffled by his intentions, the boy decided to upload the video of the discussion on his YouTube channel, in order to warn authorities and parents. In the video, during the online game at Fortnite, the potential attacker invited his friend not to reveal his plan and maintain secrecy, as he was worried about the possibility of running into problems if someone had discovered him in possession of a weapon in the school building.
Once informed of the incident, Spencer’s parents alerted the Broward Countysheriff’s authorities and department, who interrogated those involved in the potential attack, including the victim, in order to foil the threat.
For their part, before addressing the sheriff, Spencer’s parents attempted to alert the school principals of the Westglades Middle School, who in response would have labelled the threat as “low level”.
The parents, furious at the absolute lack of interest on the part of the scholastic institution, involved their own lawyer to bring the matter to light. Only last year, in fact, a similar episode had taken place a few steps away from Spencer’s school, precisely at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a building that in February 2018 was the scene of a mass shooting with dozens of students and employees dead.
“The only low level is the incompetence of the school and the inability to manage students who have published similar threats on social media,” reads a letter sent to the educational institution by the family lawyer, Bradford Cohen.