A transgender teenager in Colorado Springs is facing a first degree attempted murder charge and other related charges after allegedly making threats against various schools in the city.
William Whitworth, who identifies as “Lilly,” was charged after police a investigation into “threats involving schools in Colorado Springs Academy District 20,” according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Deputies located a “manifesto” with the names of mass shooters, political commentators and more while searching Whitworth’s home, the Gazette reported.
TRANS TERROR UPDATE: Attempted school shooter arrested in Colorado Springs before carrying out attack
William Whitworth, who identifies as “Lily” & uses she/her pronouns, was arrested after reported by family
Cops found manifesto & bomb-making materialshttps://t.co/RAkHsRHS8T
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) April 6, 2023
Whitworth is in the process of transitioning to female, a spokesman for the D.A.’s office said.
He has been formally charged with the following offenses:
Criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree (two counts)
Interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions
The 19-year-old is being held on a $75,000 bond.
A Colorado Springs school district spokesman told KRDO that the suspect attended school in the district between 2014 and 2016, and he attended both in-person and the district’s Homeschool Academy.
Police were dispatched to the Whitworth’s residence after his sister called and claimed that he had been behaving violently and talking about school shootings. According to the affidavit, the sister referred to William as “lily” and used “she/her” pronouns.
Deputies found him in his bedroom “lying in bed, drunk, in a room piled with trash that had several holes in the wall,” according to the affidavit.
Police also reportedly found a notebook “with instructions on how to make firearms using a 3D printer and how to build rudimentary bombs.” Whitworth also reportedly admitted to watching YouTube videos on how to craft a detonator.
Additionally, deputies found a whiteboard with a floor plan to Timberview Middle School amongst Whitworth’s belongings, and a “detailed” hit list of people he was planning to murder.
While Timberview was described as his “main target,” two other high schools were also reportedly listed as “targets” in other notebooks.
When asked why he wanted to commit mass murder, Whitworth told police that there was “no specific reason,” but that he was getting close to carrying out his plans.
The arrest of Whitworth follows the Nashville school shooting on March 27, 2023, which was perpetrated by a biological female who identified as male, and several other shootings that were perpetrated by trans assailants.
All transgender shooters????? Hmmmm pic.twitter.com/OAT70mYunG
— FATDOGGZ1972 (@fatdoggz) March 29, 2023