WATCH: Judge Denies Bond for Transgender Student who Planned School Shooting

Published by Winston Rogers for WJLA:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) — The Rockville, Maryland student accused of writing a 129-page document outlining a potential school shooting at a Montgomery County school will remain in jail without bond, a judge ordered early Friday afternoon.

Shortly after a bond hearing, Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said the judge sided with the county that Andrea Ye, otherwise known as Alex, in his current mental state could cause public safety concerns.

However, a judge sided with the family by agreeing that Ye would show up to court for a trial.

The case will go to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, meaning a grand jury will review Ye's case in the coming weeks, according to State's Attorney John McCarthy. The State's Attorney added that Ye would be tried as an adult, and the trial itself would only focus on the incident around the manifesto.

Ye was arrested on Wednesday after federal and state officials learned of a 129-page "manifesto" outlining what Ye claimed was a fictional story, however, officials said it involved plans for a mass shooting at Wootton High School and a nearby elementary school.

He's been charged with threat of mass violence, a crime that could see him spending up to 10 years in prison. State's Attorney John McCarthy said Friday that he hoped that Ye gets further mental health treatment.

Ye attended that school up until late 2022 before being placed into mental health treatment for threatening comments he reportedly made. He was still enrolled in the Montgomery County Public Schools, just in their online program.

Officials said the 18-year-old had a series of mental health issues before the arrest, including multiple violent statements made to counselors like a desire to become famous if he carried out a shooting or mass violence attack.


In many social media comments allegedly made by Ye, he expressed a fascination with the Columbine shooting and frequently searched how to purchase firearms.