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Student, 18, arrested after threatening to blow up Mooresville High School, said police

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MOORESVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 23, 2015)—A student at Mooresville High School was arrested on several charges after authorities said he admitted to making bombs in a plan to blow up the school.

Jahnathan Dooley, 18, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a destructive device or explosive and intimidation.

The Mooresville Police Department began their investigation on Nov. 18, when a school counselor contacted police. She stated Dooley had admitted to being upset about being kicked out of school for making sexual advances toward another student the week prior. According to the probable cause, the counselor told authorities Dooley said he was mad about the disciplinary action taken against him, so he was going to “blow it up,” referring to the school.

Dooley, according to court documents, said he researched how to make pipe bombs and told his counselor he planned to place the bombs near the four brick pillars of the front entrance, where students congregate in between classes. When detectives questioned Dooley, the 18-year-old boy reportedly stated he chose this location “because they are structural support and support the second floor.”

During questioning, Dooley told detectives he gets “crazy thoughts when he gets mad.” The teenager also allegedly admitted he had a gun in layaway at a gun shop in Martinsville.

Authorities searched Dooley’s room and recovered sugar, potassium nitrate, a fuse and five Molotov cocktails. Dooley told authorities the cocktails were a mixture of motor oil and gas.

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