Kentucky teen used money the mother gave to him for tattoo to buy AR-15 to shoot at the school, police say

Timothy Felker is accused of threatening to shoot up his school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Ky.

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A Kentucky teenager used the money his mother gave him for a tattoo for the purchase of an AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition intended to shoot at his high school, police said.

Timothy Felker, 18, a student at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, was charged with “second-degree terrorist threatening,” WKYT reported. He appeared in court Monday for an initial hearing. He pleaded not guilty.

The Lexington Police Department said during the preliminary hearing that Felker bought the gun with money his mother gave him for a tattoo.

“Around Christmas, or December 2017 if he bought the AR-15 with money that his mother gave to him for a tattoo, and that he also purchased 500 rounds of ammunition,” Sean Stafford, a detective with the Lexington Police Department said.


A tip was online to STOP Online Security Hotline Prevention, on Feb. 16 that stated Felker “be in possession of a gun and constantly talks about killing himself/the shooting of the school. He says that certain people, that he would shoot them first and shoot him in the classroom,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Felker allegedly said that he wanted to shoot up the school because he was bullied.

Felker’s mother said that she was not aware of her son’s threats to the school. They agreed to hand over her son’s rifle and ammunition at the police, court documents stated.

The police was informed of a threat to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Ky., through an anonymous tip.

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“Mrs. Felker stated that Timothy has a few anger problems, but they could not see him, being violent and not feel that he is harmful to someone else,” said Stafford.

WKYT reported Felker was “not prohibited from possession of firearms and posted pictures of the rifle to the social media. One of the pictures showed Felker with the gun in his mouth.


Felker, a senior at the school, was trapped in the Blue Grass Airport on Feb. 19 after he flew to a secret location for the weekend. He was brought on March 2, was released after posting a $5,000 bond. He has not been back to school since the anonymous tip was.

The threat came about a month after a shooting at a school in Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., two students dead. The suspected shooter, Gabe Parker, 15, was charged with the murder, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

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