"It's disturbing," said one mother.

"I think he just wanted attention," said the woman.

Another parent said she is considering taking her child out of school.

A man who claimed to have grown up with Bowlin said he wasn't shocked.

"I'm surprised but not surprised at the same time. Seeing him -- they used to do a bunch of things around here. I remember one time he started a little fire and a big ole fire and ran away and acted like nothing happened," said the man who asked not to be identified. "I can't tell you if he was serious or not, but I do hope they get him help. I mean, you don't no other tragedies to happen."