Nichole Schubert made a choice that no mother ever dreams of having to make. She called the police on her 17-year-old son after finding material in his room suggesting that he was planning a mass shooting at his high school in Washington State. His plan included killing her.
Schubert’s decision likely saved not only her own life but many others, including her son’s.
During an interview with Good Morning America’s T.J. Holmes last week, Schubert described the events that led up to reporting her son to the police in 2019.
While she was cleaning her home, she found her son’s journal with a very detailed plan for the killing spree.
“It was very descriptive. It was just heartbreaking. I didn’t really want to know the details,” Schubert told Holmes. She also found what she believed to be the components of a homemade pipe bomb.
Schubert explained that after reading that her son wanted to kill her, she was devastated, saying, “That’s my child. I gave birth to him. It hurts a lot. It still hurts.” Her son told her it was just a story, denying that he had intentions of following through with it.
“Your first instinct as a parent is to protect your child,” Schubert said. “But at that point, I felt like if he is actually gonna do these things, he would be safer in jail.” She called the police within hours of reading the horrific plan.
Schubert shared with Holmes she wasn’t just thinking about her son, but other children who could have possibly been harmed or killed if her son acted upon his graphic journal entry.
“I have a lot of friends that have children [at the school],” she said. “It wasn’t just about me and him at that point. It was about a whole school. Hundreds of people, hundreds of kids—children.”
Her 17-year-old son was arrested and pled guilty to threatening to bomb or injure property, which is a felony. He was additionally charged with misdemeanors for harassment and was ordered to complete a rehabilitation program, perform community service, and undergo a mental evaluation.