Mother believes felony charges are too steep for son's alleged threats
Mother believes felony charges are too steep for her sonPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Oct. 8, 2012
Omaha, NE -- Lillian Bell says she is baffled her son is sitting in the Douglas County Youth Center charged with felonies. John Hatcher, 15, was arrested after police say he made threats to shoot up North High School in September.
Bell says, "The officer went into my house and they did not find no guns, no weapons in his room". Bell says her son is a good kid, quiet and keeps to himself. His family believes hatcher, who is bipolar, was bullied and lashed out. Bell says, "When ever he gets mad he goes and says stupid things but he aint actually going to do anything."
According to the police report, Hatcher made several statements to kill people in Columbine - Von Maur style. Court records obtained by KMTV Action 3 News show he made previous threats, once in september 2011 again in February and the most recent - last month. His family still stands by his side. Bell, "He's only 15 years old. he didn't do nothing wrong. made serious threats but he's making his time."
Hatcher's family admits, what the 15-year old did was wrong, but don't understand why the felony charge and why the bond was set so high - something the family won't be able to pay.They say he's receiving treatment but their concern is that he can't see his brothers and sisters, because they're under 18 and not allowed visitation.