Thanks to the efforts of Colorado police officers and a quick alert, another school shooting was avoided on Friday. It all reportedly began when police received a disturbance call from the 13900 block of Double Tree Ranch Circle in the Town of Elbert last Friday, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Fox News.
Breaking 🚨🗞️Police in Colorado have arrested a TRANSGENDER individual (biological man) who was planning a massive school shooting in Colorado Springs.
William Whitworth, 19, who identifies as female using the name Lily, has been arrested after police found bomb making… pic.twitter.com/I1vBcCATum
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) April 6, 2023
The caller had told authorities that “her sister,” who had anger problems, had threatened to shoot up a school. Upon arrival, deputies questioned the accused, William Whitworth, who they found to be a biological male. He admitted to planning to go shoot up a school.
Whitworth revealed his former middle school, Timberview, was his “main target.” In his room was a drawn layout of the school as well as a manifesto of “schizophrenic rants.” The manifesto mentioned serial killers and entertainers, including the Columbine shooters. It also featured the names of politicians, including former President Donald Trump.
Authorities further determined that Whitney, who identified as Lilly, was in the process of transitioning to female. They also noted that his bedroom was littered with heaps of trash and containers that made it hard to walk through the room. According to them, the trash in the room was so much that it went as high as the bed.
The walls of the room had holes in them, the deputies say, although the specific cause of the holes is not known.
Whitworth was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit murder, menacing, criminal mischief, and interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions. His bond has been set for $75,000, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 5.
Even though Whitworth was arrested, authorities went ahead to inform staff and parents of the school of the threats. The district sent out a statement expressing gratitude for the prevention of what would have been a tragedy.
“We are filled with gratitude for those who ‘saw something/heard something’ and spoke up,” the spokesperson said.
The district also revealed that the court had issued a protection order for Timberview Middle School, Pine Creek High School, and Pioneer Elementary School.