A 19-year-old man who allegedly planned to shoot up a Katy school before committing suicide has been arrested after cops were tipped off about his online bragging, police say.
Patrick Joseph Hudson, who works at a Rosenberg Office Max, dubbed himself "SS_Patrick" online in an October 1 posting and praised people who had been involved in school-shooting incidents, court documents show.
The documents indicate Hudson put some thought into how to get the maximum effect out of his plan, in a chilling way. The court documents read:
During the chat session "SS_Patrick" posted, "what better way to go out with a bang than killing a bunch of little kids. "SS_Patrick" then posts "and after that...don't want to live through the trails [sic] and jaile [sic]...so I off myself in the classroom.
Later in response to another chat that suggested he could shoot his brain all over them (kids,) "SS_Patrick" stated that he would leave a few survivors so that a select few would never grow up correctly.
"SS_Patrick" then states "not only did I fuck with dead kids. I fucked with alive ones too."
"The threat did not specify a particular school, but referenced elementary school children," the FBI says.
In his postings Hudson noted the average call time it would take police to respond to an incident, and talked about the camera he wanted to use to document the violence.
FBI agents contacted Hudson, who initially called the postings "a joke" based on song lyrics. Bond has been set at $100,000, the FBI says.
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School officials aid they were made aware of the threat and that students were not in danger.
The letter Katy ISD sent home to parents:
October 3, 2012 Dear Parents and Staff: Katy ISD was notified by the FBI yesterday that threatening statements were made by an individual in an Internet chat room towards an "elementary school." While no specific school or district was named, the district was made aware of the situation as the suspect lives in Katy. It was determined that there was no immediate threat to any Katy ISD district campus or facility as the suspect was in the company of FBI agents throughout the day. The individual was later charged and arrested for making a terroristic threat. The purpose of this message is not to alarm you, but to let you know that potential threats are always taken seriously. Whenever potential threats are brought to the attention of the district, we will work with area law enforcement to determine its credibility and take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
I would also like to stress the important role we all have in keeping our students and schools safe. Research shows that in cases involving school violence, someone knew something about the threat but never alerted anyone. Please take this time to talk to your children about the important role we all have in keeping our schools safe by reporting potential threats to the proper authorities. The safety and security of students and staff members on our campuses is of the highest priority and by working together we can ensure that we provide safe teaching and learning environments.
Alton Frailey Superintendent, Katy ISD