Las Vegas High School Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Plotting Mass Shooting

This is an outlier for lots of reasons. 

  • Teacher
  • Female
  • Female Physics teacher! 

A Las Vegas teacher is facing a felony charge for allegedly planning a large-scale attack at a concert featuring the metal band Life of Agony earlier this month.

Newly released arrest records reveal 48-year-old physics instructor Leslie McGourty has been arrested for allegedly communicating detailed threats in a text conversation.

The friend reported McGourty to law enforcement on May 15, and provided officials with text messages from the teacher threatening to — quote — “poke a lot of holes in a lot of people.”

Students said they could tell she was dealing with personal issues in the classroom.

The 48-year-old went on to say she wanted to start a “Me Too” style movement to empower women to become serial killers.

The messages also included a mention of the October 1, 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed while attending the Route 91 country music festival.

Las Vegas metropolitan police confronted McGourty the following morning in her classroom at Bonanza High School where she’s listed as a teacher.

The 23-year veteran educator was immediately placed under arrest for a felony charge of making terroristic threats, and was later released upon her posting bail.

McGourty’s mother was quick to defend her daughter, and was shocked by the text messages.

Life of Agony cancelled their May 19 show at Beauty Bar after learning of the situation, citing safety concerns. However, in a Facebook post the band promised to reschedule the concert.

McGourty has been placed on administrative leave as police continue their investigation.