Arson threat jails teen

Tue, 10/23/2007 - 4:06pm
By: The Citizen

An east Fayette teen was arrested last week for making a threat via email to burn down his house, according to an arrest warrant filed by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Jacob Bradford, 17, of Ridgemont Drive was charged with making terroristic threats, police said. The warrant said that Bradford in the email made reference to making his enemies “pay for what they did.”

A Fayette County magistrate denied bond on Bradford, meaning that for the time being he will remain in jail pending a renewed application for bond or the outcome of his first appearance hearing.

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Submitted by WHS_student on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 4:40pm.

I know jacob he's kind of like me. I know saying this will probably make me be watched during school hours, but i dont care. He was really intresting. I would stay after school and we would go around school doing stupid stuff. It was fun. Last year he got kicked out of school for having stuff with him at school. I rember the class period that he got his stuff confiscated. We had the same 2nd period.(Mr. Helvig) During this time we had float teachers(teachers without rooms). One day a teacher named Mr. Meanie(who wasnt quite so mean) decieded to confiscated a paper jacob drew of a guy violating the water restriction and being killed. The drawing was in stick figure so i simply laughed and didnt take it serious. So then Mr. Meanie took his artwork and gave it to the true meanie Mr. Mickleboro.(Satan himself) So it was about half lunch time the next day when i saw jacob again. He told me the situation then the faculty decieded to check his books he carried with him. One day jacob brung a history book of guns. Me intrested Read the book and the teacher didnt take it when i had it, but waited till i returned the book to jacob to take it up. So then jacob is once again called into the office. This time he was kicked out of school till the end of the year. During the summer me and jacob were talking on the phone. He had gotten a job and everything seemed okay. After some weeks went by school was approaching again. I asked jacob "will they let you back into school?" He replied "I dont know." Finally about two weeks from the beginning of school jacob had to go to the head of the FCBOE and plead his case and also infront of the school faculty. FCBOE was able to accept jacob's appology but the school was still unable to forgive him. The school didnt want jacob to enroll to there school at first but after thought they decieded to allow him to enroll. Under the following conditions. He couldnt carry anything that had violence in it. He couldnt have a book bag. And he would be searched every morning befor entering school and couldnt sit in the cafateria in the morning. (place where everyone must wait till school starts) Jacob abided with these rules. Me and jacob would talk on the phone sometimes through out school. We could conversate on the internet throught email, myspace and yahoo answers. The internet is the only place jacob could be himself. He could say whatever he wanted. It was fun on the internet. Jacob would have all these interesting names. Jacob one day threatens this kid and gets arrested. I havent heard a word from him since. This is what im somewhat confused about.

So what jacob made a threat. Do you know how many threats there are on the internet? Millions, Billions if not even more. Who ever is in ashland Oregon is a ..... for snitching. I dont respect that insecure kid at all.


Submitted by gail1968 on Wed, 11/07/2007 - 11:39pm.

Thank you WHS_student. I really feel that Jacob is a good kid. I think that he is a little misunderstood and somewhat targeted. Who really knows why. I am an adult and I understand him and what he goes through. He has always been respectful and nice. I would not have had a problem with the drawing or the book. He is just interested in that sort of stuff. Some kids just like it. It is no big deal. I have a high school student that likes that kind of stuff too and there is no problem.

Jacob and his family could use all the support they can get. We are trying to help them as much as possible and to try to keep their spirits up.

Submitted by gail1968 on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 11:10pm.

I know this kid and his family. He wouldn’t hurt anyone. He was probably just upset with his parents and blowing off steam like a lot of teens do. With all of the stress on teens now days, they need some kind of outlet. Some draw, some listen to music, and some write. The person that said that he emailed a threat should have had their parents contact his parents. Jacob is a good kid, gentle, shy, quiet, good grades, and he works part time. He is loved by his family and friends. It would be nice if the paper would check out some background with the family before they print. He is such a good kid and has been unfairly locked up for nearly two weeks. The police woke him up at 2:30 in the morning to arrest him. They should have waited for daylight and talked with his parents. I wonder how many adults have said or written something that they wished they hadn’t. Adults blow off steam. Do they get arrested?

Submitted by blazing2006 on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 8:14am.

Gail, Give us all a break. You don't live with this family, so you only see from the outside. It is an unforntunate situation and this kid AND his family obviously need help. The police are doing exactly what they should be doing. Hopefully giving this kid and his family a real wakeup call. We all have been upset with our parents at one time or another but we don't threaten to burn the house down or kill someone. Do or did you do that when you were his age?

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 7:37am.

Ummmm, yeah, thats the ticket. Of course, all good kids think of commiting arson to get attention, or "blow off steam". Huh, who knew that this is the new trendy thing to "blow off steam"? Commit a felony, of course. Makes sense.

Most "good kids" get attention by being good in sports or music, or academics. They are high achievers.

How much more permissive should we be as a society? Should we just excuse any crime, because the perpetrator needed to "blow off some steam"??

It goes without saying that the cops should have waited until it was convenient for him to be arrested. Cops should always wait until the criminal is ready to be caught. Ssshheeessh, what were they thinking??

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Submitted by nuk on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 7:19am.

If they are stupid enough to threaten arson or other criminal acts, yes, adults should and DO get arrested.

So, when a teenager sends an email that says he's going to burn his house down, law enforcement should just wait a while until he wakes up and discuss it? I don't think so.

The background on the situation is something for a court and the DA's office to consider, not the cops. They did exactly what they are supposed to do: to protect and to serve.

As far as "all the stress" on teens these is greater than a decade before, or the decade before that, the decade before that, etc.?


Submitted by gail1968 on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 11:16pm.

To: blazin2006
I am friends with the entire family. His mom, grandma, and I talk everyday. The email that the paper was referring to was taken out of context. The person on the receiving end did not understand. I work with teens and they are always saying things that they do not mean. Of course I talk it out with them and they always say that they don’t REALLY want to do it and that they are just mad about one thing or another. The situation gets diffused and everyone calms down. They have NEVER acted on any of the things that they have said. Jacob would NEVER burn down a house. He and I talked about things like that in the past and he always tells me that he would never do anything to hurt anyone. He has NEVER acted on the things that he has said in the past. He has NEVER been violent. This kid won’t even kill a spider. And, yes I have threatened someone in my past. I threatened my ex-husband for beating my daughter. Toddlers should not be black and blue after visiting their dad. However, I did not have to follow through on the threat because Child Protective Services took care of it. I will not discuss her case anymore than that.

I am not the only one that thinks Jacob is a good kid. His mom’s supervisor, his supervisor and coworkers, and his teachers all think that he is a good kid.

To: Skyspy
Jacob was a high achiever before he was arrest. He is an A student, he works, and he used to run three times a week with his mom. He is a good kid that would not hurt anyone. I stated all that in my response to blazin2006. In addition, Jacob has stated on several occasions that he has been picked on and teased by adults and kids alike. He has a high IQ but lacks some social skills with the general high school population. He should probably be in college instead of high school. Also, he draws very well. He has an outstanding artistic side. I am not asking anyone to be permissive just a little understanding that he is not the homicidal maniac that is being portrayed here. I just think that this case should have been investigated a little further before an arrest warrant was issued. There are a lot of dangerous criminals running around loose and the police are spending time and tax dollars on a kid that was just upset.

The first two responses above address your first three paragraphs. As for all the stress; it is different. When I was in elementary I did not have homework. My daughter did. When I was in junior high I had very little homework. My daughter had a minimum of one hour each night. When I was in high school I had 30-45 minutes about every other day. My daughter has a minimum of 2 hours a night and special projects on top of that. The curriculum is different too. Most of her classes are advanced and college prep. For example, when I was in high school Physics wasn’t even offered until senior year. It is a freshman requirement now. When I was a kid I grew up in a two parent home. Drugs, alcohol, and sex were frowned upon by most high school kids. Nowadays kids grow up mostly in single parent homes being shuffled back and forth between feuding parents. Drugs and alcohol are flowing though the schools like a river during a flood. Kids are engaging in sex at such a young age now that it is mind boggling. Then you have the war in Iraq, terrorism, and violence on TV and in movies, not to mention all the JUNK music like Marilyn Mansion or the rap “musicians’ that depict violence, drugs, and sex. Our teens are being bombarded from all directions with issues that they are far too young to deal with. So when a kid starts talking about violent acts or are threatening others or themselves, adults should step in to find out the problem and help them deal with it instead of locking them up with murderers and rapists.

In addition to all of you: Jacob was recently threatened by a 6’4” grown man in jail. The inmate thought that Jacob was getting more food than him and told Jacob that he had to hand his food over. So, should our troubled teens starve and/or be bullied, threatened, and possible harmed? How about, not being able to graduate high school on time? Or, loose a job? All of these things happened to Jacob.

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