"My Son is Not a Terrorist," said Mother of Student Accused of Having a Hit-List 10/17/13
KOSA CBS 7 News
October 17, 2013
Big Spring, TX- An alleged hit list in a journal belonging to a Big Spring High School student was discovered on a school bus Tuesday afternoon.
Police say 17-year-old Michael Wayne Peterson created a list of names containing two teachers and several students that he wished to hurt in graphic detail.
Tuesday, Big Spring Police began interviewing students on the alleged hit-list and notifying parents. Both, The Big Spring School District and The Police Department tell CBS 7 they have ongoing investigations.
Peterson was released on a $1500 bond Tuesday after he was charged with making “terroristic threats”.
"I don’t want retaliation on my family it’s bad enough that they know where I live,” Michael’s mother said.
Michael’s parents did not want to be on camera because they say they fear for their safety.
“Have you lived here?” Michael’s dad said, “This is a vindictive town!”
The Big Spring Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington says they disciplined Peterson, but because of student confidentiality they did not disclose what kind of discipline was given.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure the students are safe and the teachers are safe,” said Wigington.
This put the school on high alert. Parents tell CBS 7 they are in fear for their students who were mentioned by name in the journal.
Law enforcement has found the journals of many people accused or guilty of mass killings such as, the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Recently a Judge determined prosecutors can have access to a notebook that James Holmes sent to a psychiatrist before last summer's rampage.
Michael’s parents insist he is not even close to any of the above and this is all a misunderstanding.
“Nobody else is going to get a reply from that child, from his father, from his mother, from anybody in his family,” Michael's father said after CBS 7 asked for a comment.
“We want to be done with this because he is not a terrorist,” said Peterson's mother who was hushed by his father when she tried to explain that the journal was found by other students and never should have been read or made public.
A couple of Michael's classmates tell CBS 7 they do not feel threatened and did not take the journal seriously.
Texas Penal Code:
§ 22.07. TERRORISTIC THREAT. (a) A person commits an
offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to
any person or property with intent to:
(1) cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an
official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
(2) place any person in fear of imminent serious
(3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a
building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has
access, place of employment or occupation, aircraft, automobile, or
other form of conveyance, or other public place;
(4) cause impairment or interruption of public
communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power
supply or other public service;
(5) place the public or a substantial group of the
public in fear of serious bodily injury; or
(6) influence the conduct or activities of a branch or
agency of the federal government, the state, or a political
subdivision of the state.