The FBI and South Fayette Township police on Friday arrested a former student who allegedly threatened on Facebook that he was going to shoot up Butler High School.
Channel 11 has learned Bryan Flecken, 28, of South Fayette Township is in custody. Flecken is a 2008 graduate of Butler High School.
Police say in a Facebook conversation with other people about Wednesday's mass shooting at a Florida high school, Flecken said, "Gonna shoot up: butler junior high school, intermediate high school, or senior high?"
Police found it while they were investigating another conversation about gun control, in which Flecken allegedly said, "I'm gonna buy 34 rifles and shoot up my first place of employment.... how about next Wednesday."
He said he bet no investigators would even think of tracking him down for the message. Next thing he knew, they were at his door.
They say he admitted to making "less than colorful comments" on Facebook and showed them the comments, and that's when they saw the comments about Butler High School.
A district email went out just after 5 p.m. to parents in Butler. School was out today for most of the district.
The email the district sent out is below:
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