Jonathan Logan-Guy Radford, a teenager from South Carolina, has been arrested and charged for threatening to bomb LGBT+ and non-Christian students at his school.
Police were contacted after anonymous Tweets were posted along with direct death threats sent in private mails to LGBT+ students of Byrnes High School. Using the IP address the messages were sent from, the police were able to trace them back to Radford and arrest him. With the spate of school attacks taking place in recent times in the US, his threats were taken seriously and he was quickly arrested.
One of the private messages accounted to him and sent to a student read: (sic)“I know u and ur little group of friends are apart of a lgbt and I hate the lgbt community. So I plan on bombing and shooting up your school today to cleanse everyone that’s not straight or Christian.” A Tweet accounted to him read: “The ultimate cleansing of all anti straight and non Christians will happen today at 8:10 at James F Byrnes High School.”
Radford is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Centre and charged with making a Bomb Threat 1st Degree. Under South Carolina law, anyone who makes a bomb threat or conveys false information regarding same can receive up to ten years in prison if found guilty.
In similar news, in September of this year, a teenager in Germany was arrested for plotting to bomb a gay club and a church in Frankfurt. The 17 year-old was found by authorities in possession of instructions of how to make TATP (triacetone triperoxide), an explosive common amongst previous terror attacks for how easy it is to obtain the necessary chemical ingredients.
While he was still in the process of getting the chemicals, small amounts were found in his home in Florstadt, a town located in Hesse, over 25 kilometres away from the locations he was plotting to attack.
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