Nichole Schubert faced a mother’s worst nightmare in 2019, when she discovered troubling writings in her son’s journal and felt compelled to take action.
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Schubert found details describing a “horrific killing spree” that would purportedly begin with her murder and expand to her son’s high school, according to “Good Morning America” host T.J. Holmes.
“It was very descriptive. It was just heartbreaking. I didn’t really want to know the details,” Schubert told Holmes, calling the revelation “devastating.” “That’s my child. I gave birth to him. It hurts a lot.”
The heartbroken mom wasted time making a doubly painful decision: she called the police on her then 17-year-old and reported what he wrote in the journal. She also shared previously finding what she thought might have been a homemade pipe bomb in her son’s bedroom.
It was a bold decision Schubert doesn’t regret, despite its impact it had on her son and their family. Watch Schubert explain the ordeal:
“If there’s a possibility to save even one person, one child, I think it’s worth it,” Schubert said. “I don’t regret it because I believe I saved lives.”
Her son, to this day, maintains his story that the journal contained a mere fantasy story and nothing more. Regardless, he reportedly pleaded guilty to a felony for threatening to bomb or injure property and misdemeanors; he later completed rehab and community service.
Schubert recognizes the difficult spot she was in and the reality that she chose to potentially save others over protecting her son from scrutiny and legalities.
“Your first instinct as a parent is to protect your child, but, at that point, I felt like, if he is actually going to do these things, he would be safer in jail,” she said.
Schubert also delivered a plea to other parents raising children in an era of confusion and school shootings: be present in kids’ lives.
“Stay in their business,” she said. “As parents, it’s our job to know what our kids are doing. Just be aware and watch for signs.”
It has been three years since Schubert turned her son into authorities. Today, he’s working and hopes to go to college. As for Schubert, she said she’ll always love her son, no matter what.
“You just pray. You just pray that God … helps them make the right choices through life. Because what else can you do?” she said. “He’s over 18 now. He’s my child. I love him unconditionally. I’ll always be there for him. I’ll always love him, no matter what he does.”
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