Zeke MacCormack - Express-News
Doelitsch, 18, confirmed authoring messages that police see as evidence he was plotting an attack on Champion High School here, but he said authorities overreacted.
“I think it's really stupid, seriously,” he said Tuesday at Kendall County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of posting $500,000 bond.
“I never said I was going to do it, I just said I feel like doing it,” he said. “That's a different story.”
“That's what I feel like doing. I'm not going to do it,” he said.
Doelitsch served time in juvenile detention in 2006 for writing graffiti in a Boerne High School bathroom, including, “remember Klebold,” “Hitler was awesome,” and “don't piss me off this school will have a shootout,” authorities said.
“It was just a joke,” he said.
“Ya I know I hate life now I just wanna kill people at champion high school and then blo my own head off,” he wrote, according to court records.
His alleged accomplice isn't charged in the case, but was booked into Kerr County Juvenile Detention Center last week for allegedly violating probation on a prior offense. The younger teen's parents couldn't be reached for comment.
“If we wanted to file a charge of criminal attempt at capital murder, we would have to have shown more than mere preparation for the crime,” he said Tuesday. “This offense requires only that he solicit a minor to commit a particular crime.”
While conceding that talk of killing sprees is dark and disturbing, Doelitsch dismissed it as harmless, idle venting.
But he ran afoul of the law at least three times this summer.
Charges of trespassing and enticing a minor were filed against him in June for allegedly going to Boerne High School, despite being banned there, and for contacting an underage girl he'd been warned to avoid.
Doelitsch said his mother, who couldn't be reached, didn't punish him for those problems.
The discovery of the gun amplified officials' concerns about a potential attack by the pair.
“Everyone believed that they were each capable and that if given the opportunity, they would carry out the crime,” Miller said. “We've seen reports from counselors who interviewed Doelitsch who felt he was dangerous.”
“In these instances, you err on the side of caution, of safety,” the chief said.
Doelitsch, who said he didn't know the charge against him Tuesday — or that it carried a maximum penalty of 99 years in prison — seemed to have gained a new respect for the ramifications of loose talk about deadly acts.
“If I get out of this I'm never going to think about it again,” he said, wiping away tears. “I just don't want to ruin my life. ... I just want to get back to the real world.”