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A Texas Woman’s University student voiced his frustration with Veterans Affairs in a class Tuesday morning and made threats involving an assault rifle, setting off a campus lockdown, a police search and his eventual arrest on a charge of making a terroristic threat.
TWU Public Safety Chief John Erwin said Tuesday afternoon that Gillette, a political science major who enrolled at the university for the first time this semester, was in a history and government class when he became angry and began making statements about his treatment by the Veterans Affairs office.
In an interview Tuesday night in the Denton County Jail, Gillette said he was speaking while in intense pain from injuries suffered while he was in the military and out of frustration with the government because he is not getting the medical help he needs. Gillette said he was speaking generically about Washington and did not mean to threaten his fellow students.
“In no way, shape or form would I ever hurt anyone at TWU, nor did I threaten anyone,” he said. “It was my way of letting the school know that my government is not listening to me. I’ve been in pain a long time, and I’m tired of it.”
"I got chills," Hester said. "Once the cops came in and realized that, then you start thinking about things and you realize how severe it can be. This was the same kid who wanted to start a 911 truth movement."
Gillette recently wrote a letter to U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess. Gillette stated his "grievance with the central government concerns a lack of proper medical care that I deserve due to honorable service to the nation". Gillette demanded that the government apologize to him, give him private medical care and compensate him for his pain and suffering. He ended the letter by saying if his demands were not meet he would begin to prepare offensive combat against the government.