Love means never having to say you’re sorry, according to the popular 1970 film “Love Story.” For Tricia Lammers, love for her son meant contacting police to warn them that the young man was prepared to commit mass murder at a Missouri movie theater showing the latest installment of the “Twilight” saga.
Lammers explained how she had to chose between love for her son, Blaec, and her community. It was love for both that guided her decision to turn her son into authorities.
“First and foremost I am a mother and I love my son very, very much,” Lammers said Tuesday at a televised news conference at the Springfield headquarters of the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
“Second, I am not a hero. I love my community just as much as I love my son. I respect the people who live in my community and I respect their safety and their right to be safe,” she said.
Lammers spoke the same day that her son made his first court appearance and was ordered to undergo a mental health examination. Blaec Lammers, 20, is charged with first-degree assault, making a terrorist threat and armed criminal action. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
Authorities said Blaec Lammers had purchased two assault rifles and about 400 rounds of ammunition and was planning to attack a theater in Bolivar, Mo., then was going to go to a Wal-Mart where he had been arrested in 2009 after following around a clerk while armed with a knife. Tricia Lammers said she had contacted police at the time about that incident as well. No charges were filed in that case. Instead, Blaec Lammers was committed for 96 hours for a mental health examination, she said.