ASTORIA - A 16-year-old Astoria High School student was arrested Monday after police say he tried to recruit his friend to carry out a shooting at the school.
Peter Williams, 16, was charged with solicitation to commit murder.
Police say a 15-year-old friend showed his school counselor a series of messages he'd printed out from Facebook where Williams was trying to recruit him to participate in a shooting at Astoria High School.
The school contacted police, who arrested Williams at his home.
"We believe that this was a serious threat...and that he was serious in his attempt to enlist another party in helping him with it," said Brad Johnston, Deputy Chief of the Astoria Police Department.
"It's pretty scary, knowing that people are doing that kind of stuff...and there's actually people out there threatening the school," said Dylan Rabell, a senior at Astoria High School.
”I got scared for a minute. I was like wow," said another student, Joseph Laymer. "Thank god they stopped him.”
"Everyone was shaken up and worried, said Cyrus Grabenhorst, a junior. "A lot of people didn’t go to school too, I heard.”
Police say they searched Williams' home, where he lives with his mother, but did not find any guns. They also said there was no specific date or 'hit list' that they were aware of.
Still, Astoria High School Principal Larry Lockett said the reports were disturbing. "When that information does come up it's like a punch in the belly...it takes you back," said Lockett.
Williams was taken to Clatsop County juvenile jail where he was being held without bail.