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Teen accused of plotting mass school shooting

Police arrested a Baltimore-area high school student Wednesday that they say wrote a 129-page manifesto on executing a school shooting, reports the Baltimore Banner.

Andrea Ye, who goes by the name Alex Ye, faces charges of threats of mass violence.

“In the document, Ye writes about committing a school shooting, and strategizes how to carry out the act,” the Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement. “Ye also contemplates targeting an elementary school and says that he wants to be famous,” police said.

NBC News reports an informant only known in public documents as “Witness-One” notified authorities about the document. The two spent time at a psychiatric facility together.

Ye described the document as a memoir of a fictional account and opens the memoir with this disclaimer: “This is not threat of violence, nor does it represent the author’s beliefs,” according to court documents.

However, authorities say the document also includes plans of “threats of mass violence.”

CNN also reports authorities learned of the writings from direct messages Ye wrote via Instagram to an unidentified person. That person told investigators the shooting was “imminent.”

It’s not clear if this person is “Witness-One.”

Ye had been previously hospitalized for “threatening to ‘shoot up a school,’ homicidal, and suicidal ideations,” according to the arrest warrant.

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