Man, 19, logs on to Facebook, shares plot to kill classmate: prosecutors
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter October 27, 2013 4:04PM
Thomas Braasch, Alsip
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:01AM
An Alsip teen told a classmate through Facebook last week he’d been planning to kill him for a year and would shoot him at school, a Cook County prosecutor said in court on Sunday.
Thomas Braasch, 19, of Alsip has been charged with disorderly conduct for threatening his fellow student at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, records show. He appeared in bond court Sunday.
Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Gattuso said Braasch was stopped immediately when he arrived at school Thursday, the day after the threat was allegedly made. He was taken to an office and searched.
The school was alerted by several students who saw the threat online, court records show.
Braasch did not have a weapon when he was searched, Gattuso said, but officials did find a phone Braasch had allegedly stolen from a Costco wholesale store.
Gattuso said the teen told the school’s staff he planned to kill his classmate, and he allegedly told police he was going to bring a gun to school to “pop” the other student.
He also said he knew he’d get in trouble for posting the threat online, Gattuso said.
Braasch has also been charged with retail theft after he was allegedly caught on surveillance camera Oct. 12 taking the Samsung Galaxy 4 phone from a Costco in the 7300 block of Cicero in Bedford Park.
Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Braasch held in lieu of $150,000 bail.