Koeberle Bull, a mother from New Jersey, is being hailed as a hero for taking action that may have stopped a school shooting. It all started when Ms. Bull received an extremely insulting Facebook message from a complete stranger.
The message read, in part: “There’s no such thing as white privileged you f—ing autistic f—. I hope your black children gets hung for you being so stupid…Act your race retard.” Ms. Bull is a widow whose late husband, the father of her three children, was black.
Ms. Bull could have written off the message as meaningless trolling, but when she saw that the sender had a gun in his profile picture, she decided to make sure he wasn’t a real-life threat. As it turned out, the sender, named Dylan Jarrell, was from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky – more than 600 miles away from her. Nevertheless, Ms. Bull called the Kentucky State Police and spoke with an officer who took her report very seriously.
With very fortunate timing, police found and stopped Jarrell right as he was pulling out of his driveway with, lo and behold, mountains of evidence that he was about to attack innocent people.
“A firearm, over 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine and a detailed plan of attack were also discovered in the possession of the subject,” said the Kentucky State Police.
Jarrell’s Internet search history also included searches about how to plan a school shooting.
“There is no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation we saved lives,” Commissioner Rick Sanders said to the press. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc. He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary, and the only thing standing between him and evil and doing evil is law enforcement.”
Jarrell has pleaded “not guilty” to making terroristic threats and is currently being held in the Shelby County Detention Center. He has also been charged with harassing communications.
In response to being called a hero, Ms. Bull said, “I’m not a guardian angel. I’m not a hero. I’m a mom.”