Taiwanese student waives hearing on U.S. terrorism threat

An Tso Sun (孫安佐) (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.04.26)

Media, Pennsylvania, April 25 (CNA) The Taiwanese student accused of threatening to shoot up his school in Pennsylvania waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in exchange for the district attorney agreeing to withdraw the “possession of instruments of crime” charge.

An Tso Sun (孫安佐), 18, made the waiver declaration in his first court appearance, according to a statement released to the media by his lawyers.

“We were able to demonstrate that An Tso never intended to do harm to the school,” the statement read.

“He is very sorry for his actions and apologizes for his immature behavior. He is also remorseful for the embarrassment and shame he caused his parents and country,” it added.

A formal arraignment on the case is scheduled for May 23, according to the court’s docket on the case.

Sun has been held in custody at the Delaware County Jail since his arrest March 26 on charges of making “terroristic threats” and possessing “instruments of crime” for threatening to carry out a mass shooting May 1 at Monsignor Bonner Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.

The teenager, however, said he was joking when he talked about shooting up his school.

The Upper Darby Police in Pennsylvania found a ballistic vest, a crossbow with scope and light, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition and other items during a search of his bedroom.

Police later revealed that Sun had built a 9mm handgun with parts bought online and had over 1,600 rounds of ammunition for various other types of firearms.

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Y.F. Low)