State police in Kentucky say they stopped a school shooting with just minutes to spare, and they did it because of the decisive actions of a quick-thinking woman hundreds of miles away in New Jersey who gave them a crucial tip.
Last week, Koeberle Bull, a widow and single mom living southern New Jersey outside of Philadelphia, was shocked when she logged onto Facebook and found a disturbing, hate-filled message. “I hope your black children get hung for you being so stupid,” the unsolicited message, from a man named Dylan Jarrell, read in part. Jarrell, 21, is seen in his Facebook profile photo posing with a machine gun.
“I was angry that someone could even think that way about three beautiful children,” Bull, who is a widow and is raising three biracial children, told FOX 29. “I could see that picture of him, so I knew that this was not just some goofy kid,” she told NJ.com. “I’m a widow and I protect my children. I stand up for what’s right.”
Bull, 40, said that Jarrell quickly blocked her on Facebook after sending his threatening message. So, she posted a screenshot of the message on her Facebook page, and friends then looked at Jarrell’s page to determined where he is from. When she learned that Jarrell is from Lexington, Kentucky, she called the state police there and spoke with a trooper who said took her report very seriously, which served is much-needed consolation for her. “I thought, ‘He needs to learn a lesson that this is not how the world works anymore,’” she recalled. “I think it was the mother in me that just said, ‘Let me see if I can get him in some trouble.’”
In Kentucky, authorities tracked down Jarrell and FBI agents descended upon his home, where they saw they caught Jarrell backing out of his driveway. Police say Jarrell was moments away from carrying out a shooting rampage at a local high school and because of Bull’s timely tip swooped in just in time to thwart an attack and a loss of life.
Authorities said that inside Jarrell’s home, then discovered a gun, 200 rounds of ammunition, a detailed plan for the attack and bulletproof vest. Authorities also said he confessed to sending the racist messages to Bull. On Monday, Jarrell made a court appearance and pleaded not guilty to making terroristic threats.
But law enforcement authorities are crediting with a major assist. And at home, Bull is deflecting all of the praise.
“I’m not a guardian angel. I’m not a hero. I’m a mom,” she told FOX 29.
Isaiah, her 8-year-old son, begs to differ, though. “I think she’s my guardian angel and she’s also my hero,” he said.
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