Koeberle Bull of Lumberton was just trying to protect her children when she reported threatening Facebook messages she had received last week to local police. She ended up doing a whole lot more.
Bull’s efforts helped stop a Kentucky man’s plot to execute a school shooting, as Kentucky State Police found 20-year-old Dylan Jarrell wearing a Kevlar vest and in possession of a firearm and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, backing out of his driveway and poised to follow through with a his plan.
The South Jersey native was on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” along with her children on Tuesday, as DeGeneres congratulated her for stepping up and helping to stop the potential shooting. On top of that, Bull was reunited with Kentucky State Trooper Josh Satterly, who took her call from New Jersey and made sure her concerns were taken seriously.
“For lack of a better word, (Satterly) took it like he was investigating a threat on his own children, and that’s what I needed,” Bull told DeGeneres. “I needed a dad. I needed that other part to protect them.”
Bull did not know that Satterly was going to be on the show, and the surprise reunion was unsurprisingly emotional.
“You prevented a major attack on schools there,” DeGeneres told Bull. “That’s why with all the craziness that’s going on in the world out there… when you see something, you say something.”
The hurtful message Bull received from Jarrell called her a “wanna be” black woman and told her that he hoped her “black children gets hung for you being so stupid.”
“I owed it to her to help her,” Satterly said on the show. “I have a 2-year-old myself. When I saw that message, I thought there’s no room for that kind of hate in this world.”
Satterly went on to invite Bull and her children to the annual Anderson County Christmas parade in November, and DeGeneres gave the family a week-long vacation in Fiji.
“If you hadn’t made that phone call, things would have ended up a lot different,” Satterly told Bull. “You’re a hero in a lot of people’s eyes.”
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