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Alexis Wilson hugs her mom after posting a bail bond Friday.

A former student accused of threatening to shoot up McAlester High School is out of jail after posting bail bond.

Alexis Wilson, 18, of McAlester, smiled as she hugged her parents in the parking lot of the Pittsburg County Criminal Justice Center on Friday evening after posting a $500,000 bail bond.

Wilson faces life in prison if convicted of an act of terrorism charge. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

Deputies arrested Wilson after she showed a co-worker at a pizza restaurant photos of a recently purchased AK-47 rifle and she allegedly said she planned to kill “400 students for fun," according to court documents.

Wilson pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An attorney representing Wilson argued Monday that Wilson never referenced McAlester High School. He added that several cases this year involving individuals accused of violent acts, including murder, have carried lesser bond amounts than the case against Wilson.

Pittsburg County Special District Judge Brian McLaughlin said Monday he felt uncomfortable changing the bond without a mental health evaluation of Wilson.

Pittsburg County sheriff's deputies seized an AK-47 rifle, six ammunition clips, high-velocity bullets and a 12-gauge shotgun with a stock sleeve for extra shells from Wilson’s bedroom at a rural residence, according to court documents.

Deputies wrote that a Sept. 5 receipt shows Wilson purchased a Century Arms VSKA 7.62x39 AK-47 with a clip, five additional magazines and 160 rounds of high-caliber ammunition from a McAlester gun store.

Court documents state deputies found on Wilson's iPhone texts saying she cut her hair to resemble one of the Columbine school shooters, pictures of mass shootings, and references to graduation crowds and dates.

Deputies wrote that Wilson referenced the number of exits at the McAlester High School auditorium that holds graduations, potential dates for the ceremonies, and that she would be “discovered” as the “next mass shooter."

In her booking photo at the jail, she wore a T-shirt referencing “The Anarchist Cookbook,” the 1971 book advocating for violent civil disobedience that has been found among the belongings of school shooters.

Contact Adrian O'Hanlon III at aohanlon@mcalesternews.com

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