10-07-2004, 03:21 PM #1Former Member
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Slaying plot alleged at high school
A Marshfield High School junior is under arrest on charges that he plotted a murderous attack against eight individually named students and teachers, mapped the school's escape doors that he planned to padlock, and exploded a handmade bomb in a practice session.
Police said the 16-year-old student was possibly timing an attack to coincide with the April 20 anniversary of the school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.
When detectives searched his house, they found detailed, hand-drawn plans of the school, a shopping list that included guns and ammunition, and information from websites, including The Anarchist's Cookbook, that would allow him to "maximize casualties," police said.
The 16-year-old's father, confirming statements of several students interviewed at the school, identified the suspect as Tobin Kerns.
"There were specifically identified students; there were specifically identified teachers who were going to be murdered," Marshfield Police Chief William Sullivan said at a press conference yesterday afternoon.
Investigators said they found a list of targeted teachers and students and that the plot also involved attacking the emergency personnel who would respond. Authorities did not say where the list was found.
Kerns was arrested Sept. 17. He has been charged in Juvenile Court with eight counts of threatening to commit a crime, two counts of promoting anarchy, and one count of attempt to commit a murder. After he was found a danger to the community at a Sept. 30 hearing, he was held without bail for 90 days. Under state law, a 16-year-old must initially be charged as a juvenile before authorities can re-arraign a suspect as a youthful offender.
10-07-2004, 03:30 PM #2Former Member
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MUST BE THE SEASON FOR THIS:
Teens arrested for planning to re-create Columbine school massacre
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two teenagers were arrested for allegedly planning to re-create the Columbine massacre at their suburban high school.
Cedar Park police charged the boys, 15 and 16, with making terroristic threats. Their names were not released. They were being held at a juvenile detention facility.
The boys planned to carry out the shooting during a pep rally at Vista Ridge High and had discussed particular students they intended to target, Cedar Park Police Capt. Jeff Hayes said.
"Their words were, they wanted to 're-create Columbine,'" Hayes said.
To hide their weapons, the pair planned to wear trench coats, like the Columbine High killers did, Hayes said. One boy had access to a shotgun; both said they had access to other weapons, he said.
The boys allegedly asked another student to help them identify potential targets. That student told school officials about the plot. Police arrested the boys Friday, when they didn't show up for school.
Police informed and interviewed students whose names were on the alleged hit list, and conducted videotaped interviews with the suspects, whose statements corroborated what the student had told them, Hayes said.
"We are very happy that we could intervene early," he said.
Columbine, in Littleton, Colo., was the scene of the nation's worst school shooting on April 20, 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide.