Deputies Say Teen Plotted Columbine-like Assault

Seminole, FL (AP) - Deputies have arrested a 16-year-old boy who authorities say asked another student to help him with a Columbine-like massacre at his high school.

The teen was charged Wednesday with solicitation to commit murder.

Pinellas County deputies say the teen was studying a book on the
Columbine massacre and was in the process of gathering maps of
Seminole High school and a list of firearms. Investigators also said they found other evidence of the plot, with the teen describing in detail how he would carry it out and who he would target: people with a history of being cruel or neglectful to animals.

The sophomore student was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility last Friday and was later taken to a juvenile facility.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Vince on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    They need to keep him locked up. No normal 16-yr-old would even think about doing something such as this.
  • by Really? Location: Tallahassee on Mar 11, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    No one is allowed to carry a concealed weapon on the public school grounds of a high school.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:22 AM
    Way to go, Florida Legislature. Now do you see the wisdom of allowing carrying concealed weapons on school campuses? There are people who will plan to do things like this boy planned and some will actually carry them out. And anyone on the campus at the time will be at risk and totally helpless to do anything about it, as no one will be armed.
  • by Charles Location: Orlando on Mar 11, 2011 at 12:42 AM
    Thanks God for the other kid stepping up! Wonder why the parents missed all the signs of their child's mental problems? I think the parents should have been charged with neglect.
  • by Jan Location: Tallahassee on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    What in the world is wrong with kids these days that they have to resort to such violence?
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