Mother charged with providing guns to boy, 14, who threatened Pennsylvania school shooting

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was detained in January 2017 over an alleged high school shooting plan in Pennsylvania has now also been charged over the same case.

ABC News reports that Markleysburg, Pennsylvania woman Lenora Ann Hendrix, 45, stands charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering or providing a firearm to a minor, after an arsenal of weapons was found in her son’s room following a police search.

On Jan. 25, 2017 a witness is said to have heard the boy saying on a school bus that he would kill classmates that he didn’t like. State police in Fayette County found weapons in the teenager’s bedroom in Henry Clay Township after authorities learned of the threat against four Uniontown Area High School students.

The youth, who has not been identified, was arrested. Weapons including a semi-automatic rifle, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a shotgun, a cross bow, machetes, throwing knives and bulk ammunition were seized from his home.

According to a criminal complaint, the mother is said to have told officers she let the boy keep guns to “let him grow up” and learn responsibility.

“He just didn’t like them. That’s what he said, he didn’t like them. What a reason to do something,” District Attorney Rich Bower said at the time about the suspect’s alleged motive.

In addition to the charges against his mother, the teen faces juvenile court charges of terroristic threats and causing or risking a catastrophe.

Uniontown police and state police descended on every district school as a result of the threats, and a state trooper was stationed on the school bus where the attack was allegedly discussed.

The student who reported the alleged threats wasn’t involved in the conversation, but recorded it.

— With files from the Associated Press

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