Mother of arrested Mooresville High School student speaks, police said he planned to blow up school

Indianapolis Area Crime
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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.

“It got blown out of proportion and the cops got called,” said Jahnathan’s mother Debbie.

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.

“We have discussed what was right and what was wrong. This isn’t right and probably a big reason why he got in trouble,” said Debbie.

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.”

“According to the probable cause he had an idea where the best place to place the pipe bombs at school,” said Bob Cline, chief deputy prosecutor with the Morgan County Prosecutors Office.

“We knew nothing about that,  but after the cops left we confronted him on that,” said Debbie

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.

Dooley also told the school counselor and police that he had a WWII style gun on layaway at a local gun store. Court documents also reveal that his parents would supervise him at home while he ignited “mild” homemade explosives.

“All he really did was like a smoke thing it was a thing we were messing around with at home.  We didn’t think he was going to use it for whatever,” said Debbie.

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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