Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say a 17-year-old Racine boy is facing an adult felony charge after he threatened to blow up Union Grove High School and to shoot and kill students.
David Kopecky was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Tuesday with one felony count of making a bomb threat and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to three years, nine months in prison and/or up to $11,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called to Union Grove High School March 24 for a report of a student who had threatened to not only blow up the school but also to shoot and kill students and staff there. The student – identified as Kopecky – was overheard on several occasions that he knew how to make a bomb with a timer; that he had a list of who he wanted to kill and in what order; and that he told other students not to touch his bag because he “might have a gun in there.”
Investigators say when they talked to Kopecky he admitted to making those statements, but he did so out of frustration because he was being picked on by other students. He also said he understood that his comments were inappropriate, but after getting bullied he would reach a “boiling point” and make the threats.
Kopecky was arrested the day of the incident and assigned a $5,000 cash bond that was paid. He was assigned another $500 cash bond Tuesday, and online court records indicate he is on house arrest. Kopecky will be back in court April 20 for his preliminary hearing.
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