Court Indicts Suspect in School Terror Plot

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) -- The Shenandoah County Circuit court indicted a teen accused of planning a terrorist attack at a valley school on three felony charges.

Aaron Trump, 18, faces charges for attempting to commit an act of terrorism, constructing a hoax believed to be a bomb and communicating a bomb threat.

Court records that were sealed before have recently become available because he is no longer a minor.

Some of the court records include a transfer report from probation officer Amanda Hanson Kibler.

Trump planned a massacre at Stonewall Jackson High School similar to the attack of Columbine High School, according to the court records.

The plot included using a 12-gauge shot, gun, Molotov fire bombs and knives.

Trump, who allegedly called himself "Natural Born Killer," planned to kill students, staff and himself during the attack.

Trump expressed rage towards some students because he claims they bullied him. In addition, he had a "hit list" in his journal of students he planned to kill during the event, court records state.

Trump is now being tried as an adult, even though he was still a minor at the time of his arrest in September.

His former lawyer, James Allamong, submitted an objection in October because he had been determined to be a child with disability.

Trump has received out-patient, medication management and Individualized Education Program by the Shenandoah County Public Schools, according to court records.

The court records also state, Dr. Martin Mayfield, diagnosed him with Asperger's, depression and ADHD, when he completed a psychological evaluation in 2010.

Neighbor Kenn Nilsen, who lived near Trump's home on the 500 block of Rittenour Road, said he should still be tried as an adult.

"I think there is a balance to be struck, if they do that adult crime, they pay the time but they get some extra special help maybe," said Nilsen.

Other neighbors who did not want to go on camera said they thought Trump should be tried as a child due to his mental health.

According to court records, in Nov. 2009, Trump received a school suspension for bringing a knife to school.

In Dec. 2009, Trump received bus suspension for threatening to burn another student's house down and slit his throat with a knife.

Nilsen said it is also important to offer kids help before another tragedy occurs.

"Somehow we have to get adults involved whether is through the church, the school and what have you and kind of befriend this people the best way before this gets into lighting rod status," said Nilsen.

Trump's lawyer did not return calls before this story was published. His family declined to comment.

Trump will be back in court on Feb. 5.


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