The threatening text message sent by the Southern Boone County High School senior who committed suicide Tuesday has been released.
The Boone County Journal submitted a Sunshine Law request to law enforcement officials, who later released the information.
The text reads:
??You do not realize how long I??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 life?|
I have been a shady stranger to most people; shifting around locations and towns ?? 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 ?? 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.??
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.