- An Indiana mom faces six felony charges after her 14-year-old son attempted a school shooting in December 2018, and then took his own life.
- A probable cause affidavit that Insider obtained said Mary York’s son was enrolled in a mental-health treatment program after he expressed suicidal and homicidal thoughts.
- The affidavit said York had to withdraw him from the program because insurance wouldn’t cover it, and she couldn’t afford the cost.
- The affidavit also questions York’s claims that her son was bullied at school, and noted that she did not force him to take prescribed medication, left him unsupervised regularly, and did not call police after a prior incident with a gun.
- York faces five felony counts of neglect of a dependent, one felony count of dangerous control of a child, and one misdemeanor count of criminal recklessness.
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An Indiana mom facing six felony charges after her 14-year-old son’s attempted school shooting told authorities she tried to have him treated in a mental-health program, but had to withdraw him after she couldn’t afford it.
Brandon Clegg arrived at his former middle school on December 13, 2018, armed with a handgun and bolt-action rifle owned by his mother’s boyfriend.
By the time he arrived, police had already locked down the building – Clegg’s mother, Mary York, had called 911 and reported that her son had threatened to “shoot up the school.”
Indiana State Police credited York with saving lives by alerting authorities to the danger.
No students, staff members, or police officers were injured that day, but Clegg shot through the school’s glass door and exchanged gunfire with police officers. He eventually turned one of the weapons on himself and died at the scene.
Yet despite York’s swift action warning police about her son, she now faces five felony counts of neglect of a dependent, one felony count of dangerous control of a child, and one misdemeanor count of criminal recklessness.
York said she couldn’t afford to treat her son, who had expressed suicidal and homicidal ideations
Among the evidence cited in a probable cause affidavit that Insider obtained was York’s struggle to obtain medical care for her son.
The documents said Clegg was hospitalized in an inpatient mental-health treatment program for 10 days after expressing suicidal thoughts to a counselor, and homicidal ideations during an evaluation at the hospital.
Medical records cited in the affidavit said Clegg had spoken about wanting “to go to the school and kill the kids that bullied him.” The records also said Clegg described hearing voices and seeing things that were not there.
“Clegg reported that the voices gave him commands to kill someone and then kill himself,” the affidavit said, adding that the boy said he had “access to multiple weapons.”
Despite those revelations, York told investigators she had to withdraw Clegg from the treatment program due to insurance issues.
“York stated she took Clegg out of the treatment program because her insurance would not cover the cost of treatment and she could not afford it,” the affidavit said.
Though Clegg was prescribed medication, York told investigators she didn’t make him take it, because the “medication made him feel weird and he did not want to take it.”
An affidavit detailed the way York handled potential warning signs from her son, including his bullying and a previous gun incident
Court records indicated that York does not yet have a lawyer, but she has previously defended herself publicly against criticism, telling news outlets that she shouldn’t be held accountable for her son’s actions.
She blamed the bullying her son experienced. She also has said she was never informed of any mental-health diagnosis, and had never heard him express homicidal ideations.
“They’re blaming me and my son – they need to be blaming this school system and the medical facility that let me take him out,” she told WISH in April.
The affidavit homed in on much more than Clegg’s medical issues, also questioning how York handled potential warning signs and detailing her efforts to supervise her son and manage the bullying she said he experienced.
The documents noted that York left him unsupervised for long stretches of time due to her work schedule. They also appeared to question York’s claims that Clegg was bullied at school, noting that there was no “documentation of actions that York took to address any bullying prior to December 13, 2018.”
The affidavit also detailed an incident two months before Clegg’s attempted shooting, in which he fired one of York’s boyfriend’s guns in a bedroom, where it pierced a wall. The document notes that York did not call police to investigate, nor did she remove her boyfriend’s guns from the home.
York was arrested October 15, but was released on $750 cash bond. Court records do not indicate whether she has made a plea, and her next hearing is set for November 4.
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