Southern Boone County HS senior's threatening text message revealed

The threatening text message sent by the Southern Boone County High School senior who committed suicide Tuesday has been released.


Boone County Journal

submitted a Sunshine Law request to law enforcement officials, who later released the information.

The text reads:

â??You do not realize how long Iâ??ve been hunting you, (REDACTED) You do not know me, but I know you. I am neither friend nor foe. But I am here to deliver you a warning. A warning that, if heeded, could save your lifeâ?¦

I have been a shady stranger to most people; shifting around locations and towns â?? hitch hiking when necessary. I have been under the radar of the United States Government for many, many long years. I am a ghost. I am a shadow on the wall. And let me tell you â?? life should not be this way. For anyone.

But I was put here for a reason. And that reason, is to warn you of a horrible disaster that will happen in your Ashland high school around 2:35 PM. There is no option if you want to live. Stay at home. Pretend you are sick. Survive.â??

After the text was reported, Superintendent Chris Felmlee determined it as a "credible threat" and closed schools for Tuesday.

The 17-year-old shot and killed himself at his home early Tuesday as police were taking him into custody.

The student's memorial is being held today.