Man Facing Federal Charges For Threats Against Gilmour Academy

(Gates Mills) - A onetime volunteer at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mils is facing federal charges for making threats against the school.

The FBI, the US Attorney's Office, and the Gates Mills Police say that Thomas Bares, 53, of Concord Township in Lake County, is charged with Interstate Threatening Communications.

According to the federal complaint, on August 18th and August 21st, Bares’ social media posts included the following, “Spotlight on Gilmour Academy” with a photo of a handgun and ammunition, he continued, “I have no fear of creating a holy war……”Pictures of administrative staff and references to a sergeant employed with Gates Mills Police Department were included indicating “all hell will break loose.”A video titled, “It is Finished” showing Bares with a handgun stating, “I ain’t gonna lay down…” was also posted.Another video posted shows Bares stating “Guess what Gilmour Academy, now all y’all gotta deal with some dangerous”.

The video indicated that Bares was in a recreational vehicle park and campground in Rapid City, South Dakota on those dates.

Bares is a former Gilmour Academy volunteer employee. No indication has been given as to why he may have made these social media posts.

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