Indiana Woman Facing Criminal Charges After Warning Police of Son’s Planned School Shooting
Picture this: You’re the parent of a son who’s shown signs of being a mass school shooter and on the day he actually tells you he’s going to carry out the act you make the gut wrenching decision to call the cops on him...just to be put behind bars yourself and charged as an accomplice in the end.
This is what happened to an Indiana woman named Mary York.
On the morning of December 13 York phoned authorities to warn that her 14-year-old son, Brandon Cleg, had taken her boyfriend hostage at gunpoint and was threatening to shoot up Dennis Intermediate School.
Thankfully officers were already at the school when Clegg shot through a glass door to gain entry to the building, which houses grades 5 through 8. He shot at officers from a stairwell, firing off six rounds before fatally shooting himself in the head.
After the tragedy Capt. David Bursten said during a press conference in April that more lives would have been lost had York not made the “gut-wrenching decision” to call the police on her own son.
But apparently this wasn’t enough to keep the mom from getting locked up.
Since then, she’s been charged in connection with the shooting and as of Thursday remained behind bars in the Wayne County Jail on one count of dangerous control of a child, four counts of neglect of dependent and one count of criminal recklessness, according to online jail records.
Prosecutors in an investigator’s affidavit obtained by WHIO-TV, noted the teen boy had long been battling depression as well as suicidal and homicidal thoughts. York claimed to be unaware of her son’s struggles, but authorities said she had several interactions with her Clegg’s mental health treatment center regarding his condition.
The boy was eventually removed from the facility against medical advice due to health insurance issues. According to the affidavit, York also took her son off the medication he was prescribed during his time in treatment.
The mother confirmed during an April interview on WISH-TV that her son had been admitted to a mental health facility months before the shooting but was told “nothing was wrong” with him. She added that his issues were rooted in the bullying he faced at his former school.
“They’re blaming my son,” York said, “but they need to be blaming the school system and medical facility that let me take him out.”
This is a horrible situation all the way around and sounds like a health insurance issue to me. How can a mother afford meds and care if she doesn’t have the means or aid to support? Hopefully everything gets worked out.