Man arrested for threatening to shoot up school

Man arrested for threatening to shoot up school

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Hardy man is in jail after court documents show he had planned a school shooting.

Chase Wiles, 19, faces a Class D felony charge of terroristic threatening.

A probable cause affidavit shows Wiles was taken to a mental health facility in White County on behalf of his parents on Oct. 24. This came after his girlfriend reported Wiles was making threats to commit a shooting at Highland High School.

A facilitator said that while in her care, Wiles had made a plan to shoot up the school and he got his ideas from Columbine.

Wiles said he would get his father's guns, go to the school, and "kill as many students as he could before the police showed up." He then planned to be killed in a shootout with police.

When asked if he was willing to kill a sibling who attends Highland, Wiles said "he did not care if she got hurt or not," according to the affidavit.

Staff asked Wiles if he would fulfill his plan if released from the hospital. He did not deny that he still had intentions of committing the crime. Wiles was emotionless in his statements and seemed depressed leading to staffers becoming "very concerned."

Wiles was committed for mental illness three times in the previous six months, according to the facilitator.

The man had also lost his job and quit college during that time.

Wiles was arrested on Nov. 4 and remains in the Sharp County Jail.

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