Father of teen who tipped police on planned Ky. school shooting speaks

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 8:11 AM

MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The father of the teen who tipped off police that 18-year-old Nicholas Bain, allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor and bring a gun to an elementary school in Bullitt county, says he made his son come forward with the information.

“My son did the right thing by coming forward with this information,” Gerry Poynter said.

Poynter asked that his son not be identified. 

Bain’s defense attorney told the judge this morning at his arraignment that Poynter’s son manufactured his story, and only came forward with the threats because the two got in a fight over the weekend.

Poynter does not deny his son and Bain fought, and admits he waited several weeks before telling anyone.

“Regardless of the circumstances of how he came forward is irrelevant,” Poynter said.  “The fact remains that everything that Nick said is still true.”

“He’d protect the kids before he’d hurt any of the kids,” Steve Floyd, Bain’s neighbor said.

Floyd considers himself a father figure to Bain, and has lived next door for him for 10 years.

“Everybody wants to hang somebody before anything’s been proven,” Floyd said.

He does not believe the accusations from Poynter’s son. 

The prosecuting attorney told the judge there is evidence Bain bought and modified a weapon. 

"For those people in Mount Washington, who don't believe it, that are mad at my son, well that's too bad - cause there's no telling how many lives we saved coming forward with this information,” Poynter said.

Bain’s will go before a judge again next Monday.

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