Parenthood
Mom finds book with son’s plans for deadly plot and is forced to make unthinkable choice
It was a matter of life and death.
Luis Gaskell
08.15.22

Some parents have a much tougher job than others. Single parents have to do the work of two people, and poorer parents have to stretch all they have to make sure their family survives another month.

Meanwhile, some other parents have the misfortune of having to deal with their children doing something incredibly dangerous. It could be drugs, alcohol, street fights, or anything of the sort.

But this mom had the most devastating, heartbreaking choice she ever had to make.

Nicole Schubert had to call the cops on her own son after learning about his plans to go on a school shooting spree back in 2019.

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We hear a lot about school shootings on the news, which is an unfortunate reality we live in. But no one can really be prepared for having one happen to them, or know that it’s coming.

But Schubert did.

She was cleaning the home and discovered the horrific notes he had written of his plans. He was 17 at the time.

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Her son penned down a detailed, graphic plan to kill her and then shoot up the school. Schubert felt every single emotion at that moment. Shock, fear, denial, and perhaps that “Where did I go wrong?” that every parent asks at some point.

The word she used was “devastating”. As she said herself, she was his mother. She birthed him, fed him, and raised him. I suppose betrayal should be added to that list of emotions she felt too. And I’m sure this hurt a lot.

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Schubert was in tears when interviewed about it. How couldn’t she be?

But despite her fear and heartbreak, she knew something had to be done – as difficult as it would be. Her son was clearly serious with his intentions, and lives were on the line.

There are already too many school shootings to count, and we didn’t need another one. If reading these notes hurt her this much, just imagine how devastated the parents of the other schoolkids would be if he managed to execute his plan.

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Schubert called the police, and her son was arrested. He wasn’t happy about it.

He told her that if she spoke to the news about it that “I will not talk to you for a very, very long time”. But she couldn’t keep silent about it.

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As difficult as it was, Schubert has no regrets over what she did.

The lives of her son’s schoolmates were spared thanks to her.

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Watching her son be arrested while he shows spite to her is a cross she’s willing to bear.

That memory of learning her son wanted to kill her will haunt her for quite some time. But the thought that she saved all those lives should, hopefully, bring her some comfort to ease the pain.

Especially since she had friends whose children also attend that school.

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Now 3 years later, her son is completed rehab and mental evaluation. He’s now employed and has his eyes set on college.

He’s alive thanks to her, and so are all those other children.

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YouTube screenshot - Good Morning America

I sure hope no parent ever has to experience this. But let Schubert’s tale be an important reminder to check in on your children, and be vigilant for signs that something is wrong. It could save a life or two.

Listen to her open up about it in the video right below.

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By Luis Gaskell
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Luis Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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