A New Jersey mother who reportedly turned racist, hate-filled private Facebook messages over to police is being lauded for thwarting a possible school shooting in Kentucky.
Koberle Bull, a widow and mother of three from Lumberton, told WKYT that she woke up Wednesday to a disturbing message from a man whose profile picture showed him wielding a gun. Bull reportedly had never had contact with the man and he apparently targeted her as her profile picture included her three black children.
“[He was] basically repeating himself about hoping my children would die and be hung because they’re black. It was definitely racially motivated, ‘you and your monkey children’ and using the ‘n’ word a lot,” Bull recalled, saying that she feared for her children’s safety.
Thinking the threat was local, the concerned mother reportedly alerted police in New Jersey.
The tip reportedly led to Thursday’s arrest of Dylan Jarrell, 20 in Kentucky. CBS News reported that police apprehended Jarrell as he pulled out of his driveway—finding him in possession of a gun, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a 100-round high capacity magazine, a Kevlar vest, and detailed plans to attack two central Kentucky school districts.
Reports indicated that law enforcement believes he was en route to a school. On Friday, Kentucky authorities announced they prevented a potential school shooting thanks to a tip from “a female in New Jersey.”
Speaking with KYW-TV, Bull said, “Something told me not to let this go.”
Jarrell remains jailed on charges of making terroristic threats and harassing communications. WKYT reported that additional officers will be present at county schools as a precaution.
“I would hope that someone would, in the same situation, just do the same thing. Because, obviously, you never know. It could be an idle threat or it could be the next mass shooter,” the New Jersey mother told the outlet.
“It’s our future. These kids are our future, my kids, the kids of Lawrenceburg and Anderson County, and we have to give them a fighting shot.”
[Featured image: Koberle Bull/KYW-TV video screengrab]