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EXCLUSIVE: Big Spring Teen Accused of Making Hit List Speaks Out

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The Big Spring High School student accused of writing a graphic journal and making a hit list is speaking out only to NewsWest 9.

The teen said it's all a big misunderstanding and he wants to set the record straight.

"I wasn't really intending to kill anyone, I never intended to kill anyone, I still don't intend to kill anyone," Michael Peterson said.

The 17-year-old wants to clear the air.

"It wasn't supposed to be taken as a serious thing. It was just like a story you know, mind of a psychopath, just for fun," Michael said.

The Big Spring High School senior is talking about what he wrote in his journal that landed him behind bars.

On Tuesday, Michael's journal was found on a school bus. Police said the teen described in graphic detail how he allegedly wanted to kill two teachers along with a hit list of other students.

But Michael said he's had a passion for writing stories for years and what he penned was pure fiction.

"It's a little bit different than what I usually do," he said. "Usually I just write stories but this one, I wanted to make it feel sort of like a story but like inside someone's mind. They're not all horror books, I write love stories, action stories, mystery stories. It was just another story."

But police didn't take it that way. Michael was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, something he and his parents said should've never happened.

"He never gave it to anyone so he never threatened anyone," Michael's dad, Michael Peterson, II, said. "He wrote an elaborate story, only he used real people's names. He didn't realize when he did that, it was gonna be so bad. In fact, he didn't intend for anyone to see it except for his friends."

NewsWest 9 asked Michael why he used names of real people.

"I don't know why I used real names," he said. "I guess I just couldn't think of any at the time. I know I messed up in that. I guess I should've used fake names."

"He's not a potential mass murderer, he's just a creative writer," Michael's dad said.

Michael's been expelled from school for the rest of the year and said he's now worried about his future.

"If I can't graduate from high school and me being a "terrorist" now, as they wanna say, terroristic threats, what college is gonna accept me now?" he said.

Even with all of the backlash, his parents said they don't want this to stop Michael's, or his sister's, imagination.

"They're both very creative and I love that they are and I don't want them to stop writing their stories," Michael's dad said. "I hope they get better at it and if this one is so believable that police and teachers and everyone's so believable, that means they are getting better at their stories so I'm actually proud of them."

The teen's parents claim they were never contacted by police or school officials before his arrest. They tell NewsWest 9 they're speaking with an attorney to figure out their next step.

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