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School Terror Plots & Patsies

A large amount of school terror plots and apparent patsies have surfaced since the Columbine tragedy. While some of the plots and suspects appear to be misdirected young men, most appear to be ripped from a comic book. These individuals, while portrayed in the media as legitimate, are usually caught with plastic guns, scribbled manifestos, and grandiose schemes that are almost impossible to bring into reality. Nonetheless, these cases are used as ammunition by the government and the media to further terrorize America, push gin legislation, conduct school terror drills, and introduce new police state measures into school security.

Currently, school and university terror propaganda is also at an all-time high. In 2012 alone, there were at least 30 cases of school and university attacks, outbreaks, threats and scares with at least 12 major plots to bomb or shoot-up U.S. schools or universities allegedly thwarted by officials. Numerous school and university terror drills have also prepped local, state and federal officials for impending school terror on the level of the Columbine shooting and the Beslan massacres, both of which state-sponsored attacks. School and university terror is blinking red on every level; the only question is when and where the state-sponsored terror attacks will occur.


Title: 9 Killed In Westroads Mall Shooting, Including Shooter - Suspect Identified As Robert Hawkins Of Bellevue
Date: December 5, 2007
Source:
Fox 42 News

Abstract: Tragedy Wednesday afternoon at one of Omaha's most popular shopping malls.

Shortly after 1:30pm, a Bellevue teen walked into the Westroads Mall, and then opened fire with an automatic weapon in an upper floor of the Von Maur department store.

In the aftermath, a total of 14 were shot, nine killed. Two remain in critical condition.

Police say the suspect, 19 year-old Robert Hawkins of Bellevue, turned the gun on himself and is among the dead.

Hawkins left a suicide note, and police are waiting on a search warrant to search the house he was renting in Bellevue.

At the scene, eyewitness accounts told a grisly tale. Some said they heard several shots ring out. Lisa Baudler, who works in Von Maur's cosmetic department, told KPTM FOX 42 News that she heard the shots, and saw a person get hit.

A customer told KPTM FOX 42 News that a man with a flag vest, camoflauge and automatic rifle was seen by a customer in the mall before the shooting.

Keith Fidler is an employee at department store Von Maur, where the shooting is believed to have taken place. He says he heard the burst of gunfire, followed by dozens of shots. Fidler says he huddled in the corner of the men's clothing department without about a dozen other employees until police yelled to get out of the store.

Fidler said he did not see the shooting, but saw a person lying by the elevator as he was leaving the store.

A woman who answered the phone at Old Navy shortly after 2 o'clock says 20 to 30 customers were huddled with employees in a back storeroom.

KPTM FOX 42 reporter Nabil Molai reports that several people have told him that they heard several shots in the mall.

Omaha Police Department is asking for the public at large to stay away from the mall. There is still an active crime scene, so stay away from the area so that officers can investigate.

The Hampton Inn by the mall is being set up as a staging area for families looking for loved ones.

Officials say that the mall will remain closed on Thursday (Fox 42 News, 2007).


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: October 12, 1992
Suspect: Arthur McElroy 
Age: 43
Ethnicity: Black
Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Weapons: .30-Caliber, semi-automatic gun 
Charges: Clinically Insane 
Notes: McElroy's weapon jammed and 20 students escaped. 



Title:
 Man Who Tried To Shoot UNL Students To Get Treatment Plan 
Date: February 5, 2009
Source: Journal Star

Abstract
The ex-University of Nebraska-Lincoln student who tried to fire on fellow students in 1992 fails to understand the gravity of what he did, a psychiatrist at the Lincoln Regional Center said Thursday.

Arthur McElroy has been held at the center’s Forensic Mental Health Services unit since December 1992.

It appears he will remain there for now.

About 20 students escaped injury Oct. 12, 1992, when the .30-caliber, semi-automatic, military carbine McElroy carried into into an actuarial science class jammed.

At an annual review hearing in Lancaster County District Court on Thursday, Dr. Klaus Hartmann, a psychiatrist at the regional center, said McElroy doesn’t appear to be dangerous now.

But, he said, he was concerned McElroy doesn’t realize the seriousness of what he did.

“He either does not remember or does not want to talk about the event that brought him to the attention of law enforcement,” Hartmann said.

And, he said, McElroy has not, to his knowledge, expressed remorse for what he’d done.

Hartmann also was concerned that McElroy doesn’t feel he needs the anti-psychotic medication he takes and “considers himself discharge ready.”

He said McElroy is functioning fairly well. But, he thinks that if he were released he likely would stop taking his medication, which could lead to a relapse.

Hartmann also was concerned about McElroy properly treating a kidney problem and sticking to a proper diet.

Scott Helvie, McElroy’s attorney, pointed out that failing to take medication is a typical problem for people with significant mental illness. And it’s not uncommon to not stick to a diet.

Both could be monitored with home health care, Helvie said.

He also asked what was being done in the way of setting goals and objectives for McElroy.

“That needs to be the ultimate goal of any type of treatment plan,” he said.

Helvie asked Hartmann what the regional center had done last year to address the perceived lack of insight McElroy had for what happened.

Hartmann said he didn’t know which of the treatment team had talked to McElroy about it, and he conceded McElroy may have an understanding and not be vocalizing it. Early on, he said, efforts were more vigorous but progress wasn’t great.

District Judge Paul Merritt Jr. gave the regional center 60 days to prepare a more detailed treatment plan for McElroy (Journal Star, 2005). 


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: May 12-13, 1999
Suspect(s): Unknown 
Age: Four students—ages 12 through 14
Ethnicity: Unknown 
Location: Port Huron, Michigan
Weapons: Unknown 
Charges: Unknown 
Notes: Plot to “kill more people than Columbine" and commit "rapes". Pipe bomb was found near school but unrelated to case.


Title: Michigan Students Charged With Attempted Murder In Alleged School Massacre Plot
Date: 
May 20, 1999
Source: 
WSWS News 

Abstract
Four students—ages 12 through 14—are being held in jail after being charged with Four students—ages 12 through 14 at their middle school in Port Huron, Michigan, about 60 miles northeast of Detroit. The students were arrested May 12 and 13 after a 14-year-old classmate told police she overheard some of them talking about planning a school massacre similar to the one at Colorado's Columbine High School last month.

St. Clair County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Wendling said Tuesday the four students at Holland Woods Middle School were planning to steal weapons for a massacre that would “kill more people than Columbine." “This was a calculated plan,” he told a judge at the arraignment of the two youngest boys. “There were maps obtained and there was a discussion in relation to the maps as to how this incident would take place.” Wendling added that the boys were also planning to commit rapes.

Police earlier said the girl who overheard their conversation said the boys' plan was to go on a shooting spree in a gym assembly and detonate a bomb afterwards, acts aimed a killing the school's “preps,” a particular clique of students.

All 21 schools in the 12,000-student district were closed Friday after a pipe bomb was discovered by a custodian near Holland Woods Middle School. The bomb was found shortly after school officials had told parents, gathered to discuss the alleged plot by the four students, that the school was safe. Police said the bomb was unrelated to the alleged plan.

Schools reopened Monday, despite fears of parents and students. A third of the students at the middle school did not show up, even though school officials tightened security by banning backpacks and using guards, police and parent volunteers to examine bags and search students' belongings.

The accused boys are facing adult charges and, if convicted, the 14 year olds would automatically draw life prison sentences without possibility of parole. A judge would have the option of sentencing the younger suspects to adult prison, juvenile rehabilitation or both. Port Huron Area Schools Board President David Devendorf pleaded for the 13-year-olds to be held in custody before the trial, saying, “the parents and children of this community are afraid.” A judge ordered all the boys held in detention on a $100,000 bond.

One of the boy's attorneys argued unsuccessfully for a low bond, saying the Colorado massacre had created a climate of “hysteria,” and that his client's record had never included anything more than “talking in class and running in the halls.”

Little is known about the background of the youth except that they apparently live under oppressed conditions. The family of the 12 year old lives in a hotel room and was planning to leave Michigan at the end of the school year, while one of the 13 year old's father is unemployed and blind, and most live in run-down homes. The school is reportedly located in a comfortable middle class neighborhood.

Two seventh graders in New Jersey were charged Tuesday for stealing chemicals from a science classroom, allegedly to make a bomb to detonate at their school. One of the students was arrested last Friday on charges of theft, weapons possession and terroristic threats and was placed in the county juvenile detention center. Another student was arrested Monday on similar charges and released to his parents. Both boys are 13 and attend Emerson Junior-Senior High School.

Since the April 20 massacre in Littleton, Colorado, which left 15 dead, there has been a wave of real and imagined “copy-cat” threats at schools throughout the US. According to the National School Safety Center of Los Angeles there have been at least 200 cases of classes cancelled across the country, taking place in virtually every state. This is an indication that the social tensions and level of alienation felt by wide layers of youth that led to the Colorado tragedy is endemic.

On Tuesday authorities in Commerce City, Colorado—an industrial suburb just north of Denver—charged two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly planning an attack with two other youth on a local high school. Like the Michigan case, they are being charged as adults and held on $100,000 bond each. Police said an informant tipped them off about the alleged plan to storm Adams City High School. The school was locked down for several hours until the four teens were apprehended May 7.

School officials in the Dallas suburb of Allen, Texas, who last week said they were suspending the final two weeks of classes after repeated bomb threats, said students would return later this week for staggered classes. Officials said Sunday that they only wanted to confuse those calling in the threats and weren't canceling the rest of the school year outright. A total of 9,800 students at three elementary, middle and high schools in Allen were sent home after 11 bomb threats and 8 evacuations in 10 days. Since then school officials have removed payphones and installed metal detectors at all secondary schools, and have begun tracing all phone calls they deem threatening.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, last Saturday's prom at Palm Beach Lakes High School ended early when a nail-studded pipe bomb was found hidden inside an indoor tree planter by the hotel's ballroom entrance. Police bomb-sniffing dogs found nothing after a search of the high school Monday and classes began on schedule.

With little understanding of the societal and psychological causes of school violence and the wave of threats, let alone any serious answers to address them, school officials and the authorities have turned to ever more repressive police measures as the solution.

The American Civil Liberties Union says they are being inundated by complaints that authorities are trampling students' constitutional rights. “I think there's tremendous pressure on schools to do something, to do anything, to prevent another Littleton,” said Raymond Vasvari, legal director of the ACLU of Ohio. “As a result, kids who dress differently, kids whose hair is dyed unnatural colors, some who seem to be brooding or alone are being singled out for discipline.”

The ACLU reported cases of a student being sent to a police station for wearing black clothing and another being interrogated about the chemistry book that he was carrying.

Some other complaints included:

  1. Eleven Ohio students expelled for posting a satirical essay on their Internet web site that administrators called ‘threatening";
  2. A 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl suspended for telling a teacher in a class conversation on the Littleton shootings that she could understand how someone who is teased endlessly could snap;
  3. An Illinois student who was questioned by a psychiatrist for one and a half hours about the video games he plays, and asked if he ever looks for bomb-making instructions on the Internet;

“These administrators, in a panicked response to one tragedy, may be laying the seeds of another tragedy by creating schools that are not open, not tolerant, but suspicious, fearful places,” Vasvari of the ACLU concluded (WSWS News, 1999)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: Janaury 29, 2001
Suspect: Al Deguzman
Age: 19
Ethnicity: Asian 
Location: San Jose, California 
Weapons: Sawed-off riflle, sawed-off shotgun
Charges: Suspicion of possessing weapons and explosives. 
Notes: Fits the profile of a Stanford University mind control candidate. 



Title: 
De Anza College Bloodbath Foiled -- Photo Clerk Calls Cops
Date: January 31, 2001
Source: 
San Francisco Chronicle 

Abstract
Al Deguzman, a 19-year-old De Anza student, intended to wake up yesterday morning, plant bombs throughout the Cupertino campus and detonate the explosives at lunchtime, starting in De Anza's packed cafeteria, police said.

"There was potential for a lot of death," said San Jose Deputy Police Chief Mike Miceli. "In my 30 years of law enforcement, I can't describe it in any other way. This was an elaborate plan for a mass murder."

The alleged plot, which investigators said had been in the works for two years, was uncovered Monday when a photo lab clerk developed pictures of the suspect standing with an arsenal and called her father, who is a San Jose police officer, said Miceli.

Deguzman was arrested Monday evening when he stopped by the photo lab at a Longs drugstore in San Jose to pick up the pictures, police said. The clerk stalled him so police could get there before he left the store. When Deguzman noticed the officers, he unsuccessfully tried to make a quick getaway, authorities said.

Hours later, investigators with search warrants went to the Flickinger Avenue home that Deguzman shares with his parents and discovered what they later described as a "bone-chilling" plan to massacre students at the college, police said.

They found Deguzman's bedroom stacked from top to bottom with sophisticated handmade bombs, some of which were booby-trapped with detonators that would go off if someone handled them, Miceli said.

Police also found a map of De Anza College, marked with locations where bombs would be placed, and a tape recording that investigators believe Deguzman made Monday outlining his plot, Miceli said. Deguzman's voice is heard on the tape apologizing to the press, his family and friends for what he was about to do, Miceli said.

Miceli said Deguzman had specific targets in mind, but he declined to elaborate on the intended victims. And although there was no suicide note, detectives said they believed Deguzman had planned to die during the bloody attack.

Investigators seized two rifles, a sawed-off rifle and a sawed-off shotgun from the house.

Deguzman was being held without bail last night at the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of possessing weapons and explosives.

Miceli said investigators didn't know what was behind Deguzman's alleged plot to wreak havoc at the school. He has no apparent criminal record.

"He seemed to be sympathetic toward the fellows in Columbine," Miceli said.

On April 20, 1999, Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold detonated bombs and sprayed their suburban Littleton, Colo., campus near Denver with gunfire, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves.

That same year, Deguzman graduated from Independence High School in San Jose. In his senior year, he was an editor on the award-winning yearbook staff.

The group met several times informally to discuss what happened at Columbine, said Paul Ender, the class's adviser, who has since retired.

"I am in total shock," Ender said about Deguzman's arrest. "I never in a million years would have thought he could be involved in anything like this. But you really don't know anybody, do you?"

Ender described Deguzman as bright and articulate. He said he had been a technical editor on staff, in charge of software and computers used to make the yearbook. But the former student also had an artistic side, according to Ender. When there was down time on the yearbook staff, Deguzman would often create free-form sculptures out of tape, markers, rulers and other office odds and ends.

Deguzman's parents seemed to be the most surprised by the day's discoveries,

saying there was nothing to indicate that the 19-year-old was homicidal. His parents told police that they had no idea their son was stockpiling explosives.

They said they never went into his room because Deguzman was an adult, and they respected his privacy.

They declined an interview with The Chronicle.

Bobby Playa, an 18-year-old who lives four doors down from the Deguzmans, was also stunned.

"He's a straight schoolboy," said Playa, who described his neighbor as someone likely to be a CEO at a major company. "You don't expect anything stupid to happen in his life."

A man claiming to be a close friend of Deguzman's described him as "the most caring, gentle and polite person you'll ever meet." 

But Deguzman has a strong distaste for the government, said the friend, who asked not to be identified. He said Deguzman was interested in anarchy and subscribed to an Internet mailing list on anarchism. Once, he posted the Unabomber manifesto to the list, said the friend.

Deguzman also hosted a personal web site, where he made comments referring to the Columbine massacre, San Jose Police Sgt. Steve Dixon said.

Authorities ordered De Anza college's 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members off the campus about 9 a.m. yesterday after determining that what they had found was a credible threat, said Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Rogers.

The Santa Clara County sheriff's bomb squad and federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents used explosive-sniffing dogs to sweep the sprawling campus.

The threatened attack left students and faculty angry.

"This is one of the most terrifying acts an individual can commit," said Martha Kanter, president of the college. "I'm very angry" (San Francisco Chronicle, 2001)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: February 14, 2001
Suspect: Jeremy Getman
Age: 18
Ethnicity: Unknwn 
Location: Elmira, New York 
Weapons: .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic, 14 pipe bombs, 3 carbon dioxide cartridge bombs filled with gunpowder, one propane bomb and a sawed-off shotgun with several rounds
Charges: Unknown 
Notes: N/A


Title: 
Specter Of Armed Attack At School Shakes Elmira
Date: February 17, 2001
Source: 
New York Times 

Abstract
He helped other students with their homework and waved politely to his neighbors, but there was still something about Jeremy Getman that unsettled more than a few of them.

For some, it was the way he stared at them, or kept to himself and kicked at rocks while waiting for the school bus. For others, it was that he seemed to play with firecrackers and matches a lot, or that he threw objects into the road to watch cars run over them.

Whatever the reason, attention was paid Wednesday morning when Mr. Getman, an 18-year-old senior at Southside High School, passed a disturbing note to another student. That student gave the note to a teacher, who alerted school administrators. A police officer was dispatched to find Mr. Getman.

The officer found him in the school cafeteria, armed with a .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic, the police said. Beside him was a duffel bag crammed with 14 pipe bombs, 3 carbon dioxide cartridge bombs filled with gunpowder, one propane bomb and a sawed-off shotgun with several rounds of pellets.

Mr. Getman was arrested, all 1,200 students were evacuated and no one was injured. But the specter of an armed attack on a local high school has shaken parents and students in this working-class city of 30,000 near the Pennsylvania border, and evoked the inevitable memories of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

''It could happen anywhere,'' said John R. Trice, the Chemung County district attorney. ''And the potential was there with the amount of firepower.''

The authorities would not say whether Mr. Getman had made any threat, though they charged him with 11 counts of criminal possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to use on a person or property. They would not disclose the contents of the handwritten note he passed to a female student, other than to say that it did not threaten that student but aroused suspicion.

Since Mr. Getman's arrest, bomb squads have searched student lockers and restrooms, and even swept the rafters of the auditorium. Though the police say they discovered eight bombs at Mr. Getman's home, no more weapons have been found at the school.

Still, a sense of unease lingers. About 300 students stayed home on Thursday, and 60 parents met with school officials that night (New York Times, 2001)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: March 16, 2004 
Suspect: Josh Magee
Age: 17
Ethnicity: White
Location: Malcom, Nebraska 
Weapons:  20 homemade bombs, rifle
Charges: Attempted murder
Notes: N/A



Title:
 Nebraska Teen's Bomb Plot Foiled
Date: March 18, 2004
Source: USA Today

Abstract: A teenager was charged with attempted murder after police found him outside school with 20 homemade bombs, a rifle and a note saying he wanted to injure everyone at his high school except for three friends.

Authorities believe they averted what could have been the worst school shooting since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.

Josh Magee, 17, was arrested Tuesday in the parking lot of Malcolm High School after a staff member saw him swigging liquor from a flask and putting on a black overcoat.

Police who searched Magee's car found a bolt-action rifle, several rounds of ammunition, small bottles of propane and rigged containers of a petroleum-based propellent.

"It had the potential of going badly," said Superintendent Gene Neddenriep. "With this student, at this school, on this particular day, we were successful. We got lucky."

Parents and school officials in this tiny town north of Lincoln said Magee often spoke about Columbine, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.

"He asked them in class last week if they knew who Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were," said Julia Lostrah, whose daughter is Magee's classmate. "Then he said, 'I know them.'"

The arrest came in the same week that authorities in another rural town in the heartland avoided a potentially violent school encounter.

Two second-grade boys and an 11-year-old schoolmate were arrested Wednesday in Forsyth, Mont., on charges that they buried a loaded handgun in a playground sandbox and plotted to shoot and stab a third-grade girl during recess. Authorities said the boys intended to harm the young girl because she had teased two of them.

No one answered the door Thursday at Magee's red-brick home just down the road from the school in Malcom, a town so small that its downtown streets are unpaved.

School and law enforcement officials said his mother works as a chef in Lincoln, and his father is serving in Afghanistan in the military.

Magee, who has attended Malcolm schools since kindergarten, was always been on the district's radar, Neddenriep said.

"All the way through, he was just a little different," he said. "He liked to be alone, he didn't take part in many things. His enjoyment was weapons."

The superintendent said he wasn't aware of reports that Magee was a target of bullies. "There were never any incidents reported," he said.

When students began reporting to faculty that Magee bragged of making and testing explosives at home, Neddenriep said, the school paid close attention to the teen.

Magee then began showing some interest in school activities, he said.

Lostrah, who is also the school district's administrative assistant, said Magee joined the cross-country team and was an impressive musician.

"He was very talented," she said.

Magee was being held in a juvenile jail, but he was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder.

Neddenriep said the school of about 450 students will refine its safety policies in the wake of Magee's arrest.

"There's one thing I did learn," Neddenriep said. "It can happen anywhere" (USA Today, 2004).


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: October 11, 2007
Suspect: Dillon Cossey
Age: 14
Ethnicity: White
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Weapons: .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle, 9 mm semiautomatic rifle with a laser scope, 
Charges: Solicitation to commit terror
Notes: The boy's arrest came the same day a 14-year-old in Ohio opened fire at his Cleveland high school, wounding four before killing himself.


Title: Police: Mother Bought Guns for Pennsylvania Boy Charged With School Plot
Date: October 12, 2007
Source: 
Fox News 

Abtract
A troubled tenneager accused of plotting a school attack built up a stash of weapons with help of him mother, authorities said. 

Michele Cossey, 46, was arrested Friday on charges of illegally buying her home-schooled son, Dillon, a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9 mm semiautomatic rifle with a laser scope.

The parents were indulging the boy's interests because he was unhappy, not knowingly aiding a school assault, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor said Friday. The parents didn't know of the teen's plans, but "by virtue of her indulgence, she enabled him to get in this position," Castor said.

Authorities have said they do not believe an attack was imminent and are not even certain one would have occurred.

"This was a smart kid that clearly believes he was picked on and was a victim," Castor said. "He had psychological issues and began to act out on those feelings."

Dillon Cossey, who was arrested Wednesday, felt bullied and tried to recruit another boy for a possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, authorities said. The teen previously attended middle school in the district, but had been taught at home for more than a year after voluntarily leaving school. 

Acting on a tip from high school student, Lewis Bennett III and his father, police searched the boy's bedroom and found the 9 mm rifle, about 30 air-powered guns modeled to look like higher-powered weapons, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said.

The mother bought the semiautomatic rifle at a gun show on Sept. 23 and provided police with a receipt, investigators said in court papers. The teenager said the two .22-caliber weapons were stored at a friend's house.

She was charged with unlawful transfer of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of reckless endangerment, and later released on bail. She did not comment at the hearing.

Her attorney, Tim Woodward, said, "I'm sure she loves her kid."

The teen, who also had a brief court appearance Friday, was ordered held at a juvenile facility while he receives psychiatric evaluation. He was charged with solicitation to commit terror and other counts, but his lawyer, J. David Farrell, stressed that all but one of the weapons prosecutors put on display were pellet guns and air rifles.

At a press conference in their Conshohocken, Pa. home, the parents of the teen who tipped police off about the possible school attack, praised their son.

"We are really proud of our son, his maturity, and the way he is handling the media," said Lewis Bennett, Jr., the boy's father. "Wednesday my son learned of new information and that added to the information he had. That is what seemed to make it a more serious event. That is why we went to the police department."

While Dillon Cossey had been to their house, the teen's mother was concerned about him.

"(His) preoccupation with guns, when he would call the house and my son wasn't available, he would call persistently," said Lewis Bennett III's mother. "Things that make a red flag, but not sure of what is going on. He was always polite. A soft spoken child child."

It is legal for children to possess air guns in Pennsylvania. Farrell also noted it is legal for a minor to fire weapons under adult supervision and said he didn't believe the students at Plymouth Whitemarsh were in any danger.

"They're showing 30 guns on a desk that appear to be handguns and saying this was a Columbine in the making," Farrell said. "That's simply not borne out by the facts."

Dillon Cossey told investigators he was planning an attack on the school, Castor said, but authorities do not believe he was close to pulling it off. Castor said he believes the teen Cossey asked to help him was the first person he approached for assistance.

On his MySpace page, Dillon Cossey made frequent references to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and describes their 1999 massacre at Columbine High School as one of his interests. The page, headlined "Mess with the best, Die like the rest," features tribute videos to the Columbine shooters and includes a still from surveillance video of the attack.

Police, who searched the boy's home with his parents' permission, also discovered seven explosive devices Castor has described as homemade grenades: plastic containers filled with BBs to which gunpowder could be added. Authorities said one was operable and the others had been in the process of being assembled.

The search did not turn up any ammunition for the semiautomatic rifle.

Castor said he suspects Cossey "was a target for bullies because he was overweight and not fully developed socially," but that mental problems might have exaggerated the effect of the bullying.

"I have read things that he wrote. ... He has severe mental disturbances," Castor said.

Authorities said Friday that the boy's father also tried to buy his son a rifle in December 2005, but was not allowed to because he was a felon.

Frank Cossey was sentenced to house arrest for lying about his criminal record when he went to buy a .22-caliber rifle, police said Friday. On his application he said he had never been convicted of a felony, but he had pleaded guilty in 1981 to manslaughter in a drunken driving death in Oklahoma and sent to prison, police said.

The boy's arrest came the same day a 14-year-old in Ohio opened fire at his Cleveland high school, wounding four before killing himself.

The high school student who tipped off police with his father told the Philadelphia Daily News he was "sick of hearing about all these school shootings."

"I didn't want another kid to do the same thing and keep this chain of events going on," Lewis Bennett said.

Michele Cossey faces a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison on the gun-transfer charge alone, but the prosecutor expects she would get a lighter sentence (Fox News, 2007)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: November 28, 2007
Suspect: Patrick Quigley, Joseph Saia, Unknown Suspect 
Age: 15-16
Ethnicity: Unknown 
Location: LaGrange, New York 
Weapons: N/A
Charges: 4th degree conspiracy
Notes:  3 Hudson Valley high school students Wednesday and charged them with plotting to attack their school on the 11th anniversary of the Columbine attacks


Title:
 Hudson Valley High Students Arrested, Charged With Plotting School Attack
Date: November 28, 2007
Source: NY Daily News 

Abstract: State police arrested three Hudson Valley high school students Wednesday and charged them with plotting to attack their school on the 11th anniversary of the Columbine attacks.

The arrests followed an investigation of a threat described on the online social networking site, MySpace.com. Police said the students posted messages and photos describing an attack planned for April 20, 2010, at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, about 65 miles north of New York City.

Troopers arrested Patrick Quigley, 16, and Joseph Saia, 16, of Poughquag, and a 15-year-old from Hopewell Junction whose name was withheld because of his age. They were all charged with 4th degree conspiracy, a felony.

Barbara Donegan, assistant superintendent for the school district, said school officials and police were alerted to the alleged plot when a student saw the MySpace posting and reported it to one of the high school principals. She said the Internet posting "seemed to be a credible, serious threat."

The students mapped out and clearly identified areas in the school that were to be targeted, state police said.

Donegan said the school was searched and no bombs or other harmful objects were found.

The older boys were arraigned before LaGrange Town Justice Steven Greller and sent to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. The younger boy was held in a detention center for arraignment in family court Thursday morning.

In 1999, two teens killed 13 people and wounded two dozen others at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., before both committing suicide (NY Daily News, 2007)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: April 19, 2008
Suspect: N/A
Age: 16
Ethnicity: N/A
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana 
Weapons: N/A
Charges: Four students—ages 12 through 14
Notes: Suspect allegedly wrote that he wanted "instant recognition" for shooting a record number of victims and that he wouldn't feel sorry about it.


Title: 
Documents: Boy Aimed To Set Massacre 'Record' 
Date: June 4, 2008
Source: MSNBC

Abstract:
 A teenager accused of plotting a school attack wrote that he wanted "instant recognition" for shooting a record number of victims and that he wouldn't feel sorry about it, according to documents unsealed Tuesday.

A black spiral notebook authorities obtained from the 16-year-old boy's locker at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind., contained handwritten entries in which the teen expressed his hatred for most of the people at the school.

"I wanna break the current shooting record. I wanna get instant recognition. The only thing that stops me is the fact of being put in jail forever, or having to kill myself, or getting killed by an officer. I could kill anyone without feeling sorry because society sucks!!!" read an entry dated April 18, the day before he was arrested.

The teenager has been charged with a juvenile count of conspiracy to commit murder and a denial plea has been entered on his behalf. A hearing is scheduled on June 11 to determine whether he'll stay in juvenile custody.

Simultaneous Mass Murders? 

He is accused of plotting with Lee Billi, 33, of suburban Cleveland. Authorities said Billi and the teenager exchanged e-mails in April, discussing simultaneous mass murders at the teen's high school and at another location that police haven't identified.

A search warrant affidavit filed to obtain a judge's approval to search Billi's computer and disks was unsealed Tuesday.

According to the documents, the teenager told authorities his violent thoughts began when his girlfriend broke up with him.

Attacks Allegedly Planned for Sept. 11 

He chatted online with Billi about obtaining "party favors," a code name for guns and bombs, the documents say. An entry in the teen's notebook says they planned their attacks to be carried out on Sept. 11.

A message seeking comment was left after business hours Tuesday at the office of the teen's lawyer, James Nafe of South Bend, Ind.

Billi was arrested April 24 and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, 38 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and one count of possessing criminal tools.

He is being represented by the Cuyahoga County public defender's office, and a message left there late Tuesday wasn't immediately returned.

Authorities said the plot was detected when a school officer investigating an unrelated threat discovered Internet postings in which the teen discussed his support for the Columbine High School shooters, who killed 12 classmates and a teacher before committing suicide in 1999 (MSNBC, 2008)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: December 9, 2008
Suspect: N/A
Age: 15
Ethnicity: N/A
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Weapons: 3 guns
Charges: Attempted murder 
Notes: Suspect allegedly stole his father's guns to use in a suicidal attack against enemies at his suburban Philadelphia high school but was thwarted when a friend threw the weapons in a river.


Title: Pennsylvania Teen Charged In Foiled School Attack Plot
Date: December 9, 2008
Source: KSDK News 

Abstract
A 15-year-old boy stole his father's guns to use in a suicidal attack against enemies at his suburban Philadelphia high school but was thwarted when a friend threw the weapons in a river, authorities said.

The alleged plot was uncovered after the father reported the three weapons missing, prompting a police investigation that led to an attempted murder charge filed Tuesday against his son.

The Pottstown High School freshman was being held in a secure facility, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman told The Associated Press. He does not yet have a lawyer, and no court dates are scheduled, she said.

Authorities say he took the a revolver, two semiautomatic pistols and ammunition from his father's basement gun locker in early November. He gave them to a friend, hoping the friend would take them to school when directed, authorities said.

Instead, the friend told his stepmother about the weapons, and she drove the boy to a river so he could get rid of them, investigators said. Police dive teams recovered the handguns.

Ferman described the suspect as a loner with a history of depression and mental-health problems. While previously a good student, he was repeating his freshman year, she said.

The teen initially planned to carry out the attack this year but delayed it until next year because school officials, aware of the stolen gun report, had stepped up security. The teen told investigators he was going to shoot people he did not like, then himself, authorities said.

The charge is attempted murder because the teen took "substantial steps" -- stealing the guns and giving them to the friend -- to carry out the crime, Ferman said.

"He had gotten so far along in that plan that he had the immediate capacity to commit the crime," she said.

The Pottstown School District, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia, has about 3,200 students.

The same district attorney's office last year accused a 14-year-old of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting an assault on a high school. The teen, who had been bullied and pulled out of public school in the seventh grade, admitted to three felonies -- criminal solicitation, risking a catastrophe and possession of an instrument of crime -- and is now in a juvenile center (KSDK News, 2008).  


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: March 8, 2009
Suspect: N/A
Age: 13
Ethnicity: White
Location: Drexil Hill, Pennsylvania 
Weapons: 2 plastic pellet guns 
Charges: N/A
Notes: The 13 -year-old-boy's plot unraveled when another boy revealed that he'd been recruited to take hostages at the school and shoot anyone who resisted


Title: Teen Busted For Alleged School Terror Plot 
Date: March 11, 2009
Source: MSNBC

AbstractAn alleged shooting plot has rattled the community of a small Drexel Hill catholic school.

An eighth grader at St. Andrew the Apostle School was arrested on campus Tuesday for trying to recruit fellow students to carry out a plot on the school, according to police.

The 13 -year-old-boy's plot unraveled when another boy revealed that he'd been recruited to take hostages at the school and shoot anyone who resisted, said police.

The teen's family said Wednesday night that he never intended to hurt anyone.

The boy had two plastic pellet guns in his backpack that he planned to use to carry out the plot, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

The plastic guns looked could have been easily for a real weapon, said Chitwood. If the child had drawn the gun police would have shot him, he said.

St. Andrew School is a small catholic, co-ed school with only 266 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Details of the alleged plot shocked the school community, said school officials.

The school had security measures in place for this type of situation, according to School Monsignor Albin Gouse.

The teen has been on police radar recently, suspected in several robberies and burglaries, according to police.

He is also suspected of stealing $370 from a classroom at his former school, Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill, Pa., sources told NBC 10.

Quite a few parents came to a meeting Wednesday night at the school with Chitwood and Msgr. Gouse.

"I'm pretty shocked because it’s a great school. The kids are really great. Just a nice school very peaceful," said parent Mary Aldrich (NBC, 2011)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: October 19, 2009
Suspect: N/A
Age: 15
Ethnicity: N/A
Location: Monroe, New York 
Weapons: Bottles of gasoline, makeshift fuses, a torch, a 2-foot machete and three tanks of propane
Charges: N/A
Notes: Police said the boy told them he was “actively seeking a military assault-style weapon that could hold as many rounds as possible.


Title: 
Teen Accused Of Plotting Attack At Monroe-Woodbury On Columbine Anniversary
Date: October 21, 2009
Source: Times Herald 

AbstractA 15-year-old boy from Monroe was already on juvenile probation when he broke down crying, police said Tuesday night, as he admitted he stockpiled bottles of gasoline, makeshift fuses, a torch, a 2-foot machete and three tanks of propane in a plot to attack former fellow students at Monroe-Woodbury High School.

The unnamed youth was arrested Monday evening, after his house was searched by Monroe village police and members of the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Police said he told them he planned to attack the school on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 attacks by two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and the birthday of Adolf Hitler.

The youth was already known to police because he'd been arrested in January, Monroe police Chief Dominic W. Giudice Jr. said Tuesday night, before he held a news conference with Monroe-Woodbury Superintendent Joe DiLorenzo.

That case was prosecuted through Family Court, where the details are under seal. Giudice said the offense involved in the January arrest was nonviolent.

But more recently, police received new information about the boy's activities, culminating with a tip that led police to obtain a search warrant from an Orange County Court judge.

“You have to believe, when you see what we found, that it was a credible threat,” Giudice said before the news conference.

An investigation was ongoing late Tuesday, but police said it appeared the youth acted alone.

“He wanted to talk about it,” said Monroe Detective David Conklin, who interviewed the youth for about 45 minutes after the search warrant was executed at the boy's house. He was being held in a psychiatric facility for children Tuesday, and it wasn't clear Tuesday night when he would be brought to court.

The teen wasn't home at the time of the 7 p.m. search, but when authorities explained why they were there, the boy's father went out and found him, then brought him back home.

The boy's parents had absolutely no clue about the plan their son is accused of formulating, Giudice said.

“They've been nothing but cooperative with the investigation,” he said.

The boy told police that he “had a lot of hatred” toward many of his fellow students, police said in a news release Tuesday. They said he recently began attending another school, which they didn't name.

DiLorenzo said the boy is registered as a freshman at Monroe-Woodbury, but hasn't attended class in any of its buildings since September 2008.

“He's currently attending a satellite school,” DiLorenzo said. He wouldn't identify that school.

DiLorenzo said parents were notified of the arrest in a letter that was sent home with students Tuesday, as well as an announcement that was posted on the district's Web site on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the boy also told them he was “actively seeking a military assault-style weapon that could hold as many rounds as possible,” and that he had already purchased a black trench coat like the ones worn by the Columbine killers.

Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris murdered 13 of their fellow students at Columbine before they killed themselves. Police said that during their interview with the Monroe youth Monday night, he told them other students had bullied him because they said he bore a resemblance to Harris (Times Herald, 2009).


Title: Ohio Man Charged In School Terror Drill Threat
Date:
April 15, 2011
Source:
Boston.com


Abstract:
Authorities have accused an Ohio man of threatening terrorism by leaving an expletive-laden message on an Iowa high school's answering machine to force the cancellation of an emergency training drill, authorities said Friday.

Robin Elston, 47, of Columbus, was charged with one count of threatening terrorism and one count of making threats, Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said.

The proposed March 26 drill involving police, firefighters and other first responders was designed to feature an enraged teen shooter who was venting his anger over illegal immigration. The exercise drew criticism from groups opposed to illegal immigration who said the fictitious emergency scenario had a political agenda because it featured a teenage white supremacist gunman.

"If you are smart, I wouldn't go to work tomorrow, or today. Cause maybe your little training exercise might come into reality," the caller said in the message to Treynor High School in Treynor in southwest Iowa.

Officials traced the March 25 call that was left at 2:19 a.m. to Elston's cell phone and notified Columbus police. He was brought to Iowa on Thursday.

The message prompted authorities to cancel the drill.

Danker didn't know why Elston might have made the call.

"He really hasn't spoken with us yet," Danker said. "He talked to the Columbus (police), and he admitted making the call but he couldn't remember what he said."

Danker said he didn't know how Elston learned of the proposed drill, about 775 miles from his home, but that the county's emergency management agency and the school had received a large number of emails from people "expressing their opinion about this exercise and the scenario."

Exercise director Doug Reed had said the county incorporated the immigration issue into the training scenario to secure Department of Homeland Security funding. To qualify, Reed said, the exercise needed to be about terrorism.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Chris Ortman had no comment Friday on Elston's arrest. In an email, Ortman said the department provides grants to states, which then distribute the funds to local agencies. Specific exercise scenarios are not dictated by the federal government, but rather developed at the state and local level.

Elston appeared Friday in Pottawattamie County District Court, where bond was set at $10,000. He remained in the county jail late Friday afternoon.

Online court records for his case do not list an attorney.

Danker did not know if Columbus police were familiar with Elston. He has no record in the Ohio prison system.

Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research with the Anti-Defamation League, said he was not familiar with Elston.

"It seemed to be a reaction to news of this incident getting out in the blogosphere," Pitcavage said. "There are far more people out there who can be disgruntled or who can work themselves up over something that they read than there are full-fledge extremists" (Boston.com, 2011).


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: August 5, 2011
Suspect: 3 Boys 
Age: 15 
Ethnicity: White
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Weapons: N/A
Charges: Conspiracy to commit terrorism
Notes: Suspects allegedly targeted specific students, but part of the plan was also indiscriminate shooting.


Title: Police: School Shooting Plot In Louisiana Foiled
Date: August 5, 2011
Source: Fox News 

Abstract: Authorities in suburban New Orleans said Friday they uncovered three teenagers' plot to shoot fellow high school students on campus during the first day of classes.

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Lakeshore High School officials became aware of a group calling themselves Day Zero last month when other students contacted administrators. The teens had targeted specific students, but part of the plan was also indiscriminate shooting, said St. Tammany Parish Cpl. George Bonnett.

"Investigators learned the students had a detailed plan for procuring weapons and bringing them to school Monday. They intended to kill any law enforcement officials at the school who tried to stop them and then collect their weapons," police said.
Sheriff Jack Strain said the three 15-year-old boys were being held at a juvenile detention center on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism and more charges were possible.

"They made no attempt to deny their involvement with the plan and admitted their intentions," police said. "All three were cooperative with investigators."

The boys' identifies have not been released and it wasn't clear whether they had attorneys.

Police would not comment about a possible motive.

Deputies began investigating July 17 and the teens turned themselves in this week. A bond hearing Monday will decide if they can leave the detention center.

Strain said extra deputies will be posted at Lakeshore High on Monday, though authorities believe everyone involved was arrested.

One of the boys is from the Mandeville area, an affluent bedroom community about 25 miles north of New Orleans where the school is located. The other two were from nearby Lacombe, a slightly less affluent and rural.

St. Tammany Parish Schools Superintendent Trey Folse said he did not know how many students reported the threat or how worried they were.

"It alerted them enough to turn it over to authorities, with trust that the people they alerted would look into it and take it seriously."

"I'm very proud of them for stepping up and doing the right thing," Folse said (Fox News, 2011)


School Terror Plots & Patsies 
Date: August 16, 2011
Suspect: Jared Cano
Age: 17
Ethnicity: White
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Weapons: Fuel sources, shrapnel, a timing device and fusing devices.
Charges: Four students—ages 12 through 14
Notes: Suspect allegedly had planned to kill 32 people, including two principals



Title: Tampa police: Student Planned 'Catastrophic' School Plot 
Date: August 17, 2011
Source: CNN

AbstractTampa police said they were able to thwart a mass murder plot that was planned for the first day of classes next Tuesday.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that police were able to stop a former student from carrying out what could have been a "a potentially catastrophic event" thanks to a tip from a citizen who came forward.

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Hillsborough School District spokesman Steve Hegarty confirmed to CNN that a former student, who hasn't attended Freedom High School for a year and a half, had been arrested in connection with the alleged plot. Castor said there was no indication anyone else besides the one suspect was involved in the plot.

That student allegedly had planned to kill 32 people, including two principals, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Tampa Police officers received a tip about the plot at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.

Chief Jane Castor said during the search officers found a minute-by-minute manifesto showing what the suspect planned to do on the first day of school. Police also found materials that could have been used to make explosives including fuel sources, shrapnel, a timing device and fusing devices.

Along with the manifesto police said they also found "schematic drawings of rooms inside Freedom High School and disturbing statements about [Cano's] intent to kill."

Castor said 17-year-old Jared Cano's plan indicated that he intended to detonate explosive devices throughout the school. His plans specifically mentioned the names of two faculty members, she said.

The materials would have been extremely dangerous, Castor said, noting that if detonated they would have resulted in serious injuries "up to and including death." Police said they did not find any firearms in the suspect's apartment, but noted he had been arrested in the past for having firearms.

Hegarty said the school became aware of the incident when the Freedom High School principal sent out a "robocall" to parents and teachers.

"We take threats seriously," Hagerty told CNN.

Freedom High School Principal Chris Farkas as soon as they learned about the incident they began working with Tampa police.

He said that his immediate reaction was not an emotional one, but to find out if there was a credible threat and act on it.

"Some of the fear and emotional reaction came when we found the specifics of what they found in the apartment," he said.

Farkas added that Cano had been expelled from the school for an off campus incident, but did not provide further details. He said extra police will be present for the first day of school to make sure students and teachers feel safe. He said that if Cano had shown up at the school, many teachers and administrators would have known he was not allowed to be there.

"It would have been a red flag," he said.

Farkas said that teachers had been in school for safety training only 24 hours before Farkas had to stand in front of them again and explain that one of the scenarios they had discussed had actually come true.

Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device; possession of bomb making materials, cultivation of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, police said.

Police said it will be up to the State Attorney's Office to determine whether the suspect will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult (CNN, 2011)

Title: Two In Custody After Girl Shot In Neck At Cumberland High School
Date: October 24, 2011
Source: WRAL News

Abstract:
 Two teens were taken into custody Monday after a 15-year-old girl was seriously wounded in a shooting at Cape Fear High School near Fayetteville, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Cape Fear students Ta'Von McLaurin,18, and a 15-year-old suspect whose name was not released were being interviewed by investigators Monday night, but had not been formally charged.

Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler said Monday night he was confident that both students were involved and that they would definitely be charged once investigators finished interviewing them.

Catilyn Abercrombie was in stable condition following surgery at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after being struck in the neck by a bullet while standing in the breezeway outside the school's cafeteria. Earlier in the afternoon, she was listed in serious condition, but was able to nod and shake her head in response to questions from investigators and her family.

A .22-caliber rifle was found inside the school building and a shell casing was found outside the breezeway doors, Butler said. Only one shot was fired.

Investigators do not believe that Abercrombie was targeted, but Butler said they did not know why the shooting happened (WRAL, 2011).

Title:
Lake Brantley High School Student Arrested For 'Columbine' Type Plot
Date: November 23, 2011
Source: Fox News Orlando

Abstract: An 18-year-old Lake Brantley High School student is under arrest for threatening to carry out a "Columbine" type event at the school.

The Altamonte Springs Police Department says Emmanuel Costas posted multiple threats on Facebook and in text messages that he was going to harm people.  The threats were first brought to the attention of law enforcement when the mother of a fellow student called the police to report a text message her son received from Costas.

The information was forwarded to the School Resource Officer and school officials at Lake Brantley High School who immediately removed Costas from the classroom for questioning.

"It was clear he planned on carrying out this attack in the school lunch room," said Altamonte Springs Police Chief Michael Deal. "He admitted to sending these texts and he admitted to posting similar Facebook page.  During his interview, he also made disturbing comments that he respected individuals that carried out the Columbine massacre."

Police say they also recovered papers from Costas' backpack and his home, which also documented his threats to carrying out a mass shooting at the school.

Investigators released transcripts of the text messages on Wednesday afternoon.   One set of messages read, "Everybody prepare yourselfs 4/17 let the carnage begin," and another read, "A day of terror will strike upon everyone's soul." Two days after these texts were received, a third message was sent which read, "Damn 4/17/12 is going to be a day to remember dat day will bring joy to me and sadness to OTHERS."

A FOX 35 News crew stopped by the Costas residence to get a response from family members about the arrest. We asked Emmanuel's older sister if she thought her brother was capable of carrying out a Columbine style assault, to which she replied, "No not at all. He's not that type of person. He just thought it was funny and stuff like that."

Costas was arrested and charged with attempted felony murder and written threats to kill or do bodily harm.   He is being held with no bond at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility where he is being held with no bond (Fox News Orlando, 2011).

Title: Student Charged In Utah School Bomb Plot
Date:
January 27, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
The two teens had a detailed plot, blueprints of the school and security systems, but no explosives. They had hours of flight simulator training on a home computer and a plan to flee the country, but no plane.

Still, the police chief in this small Utah town said, the plot was real.

"It wasn't like they were hanging out playing video games," Roy Police Chief Gregory Whinham said Friday. "They put a lot of effort into it."

Dallin Morgan, 18, and a 16-year-old friend were arrested Wednesday at Roy High School, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, after a fellow student reported that she received ominous text messages from one of the suspects.

"If I tell you one day not to go to school, make damn sure you and your brother are not there," one message read, according to court records. "We ain't gonna crash it, we're just gonna kill and fly our way to a country that won't send us back to the U.S.," read another message.

While police don't have a motive, one text message noted they sought "revenge on the world."

The suspects say they were inspired by the deadly 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colo., and the younger suspect even visited the school last month to interview the principal about the shootings and security measures.

However, one suspect told authorities it was offensive to be compared to the Columbine shooters because "those killers only completed 1 percent of their plan," according to a probable cause statement.

The teens had so studied their own school's security system that they knew how to avoid being seen on the facility's surveillance cameras, authorities said.

Whinham said the "very smart kids" had spent at least hundreds of dollars on flight simulator programs, books and manuals, studying them in anticipation of carrying out their plan to bomb an assembly at the 1,500-student high school.

While authorities said the suspects believed they could pull it off, experts said, it would have been a long shot.

Royal Eccles, manager at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, about a mile from the school, said it would have been nearly impossible for the students to steal a plane or get the knowledge to fly one using flight simulator programs.

"It's highly improbable," Eccles said. "That's how naive these kids are."

Whinham said authorities searched two homes and two cars and found no explosives, but added that police continue to search other locations. The chief said it appeared that "a key component of their plan was not developed."

"I wouldn't want to say that they don't have it or that they weren't ready for it," he said. "I'm just saying that we haven't found anything that says they were ready for it yet."

Whinham said it appeared the suspects, who have no criminal history, also had prepared alternate attack plans, but he declined to elaborate. He also declined to say whether any firearms were found during their searches.

"Most houses have firearms in them," he said. "This is the state of Utah."

While authorities have said they have not found any explosives, they charged Morgan on Friday with possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

The basis for the charge wasn't immediately clear, though one of the elements of that offense is conspiracy to use a weapon, not necessarily possessing one. Prosecutors say they are considering additional charges.

Morgan has been released on bond, pending a court hearing Wednesday. The 16-year-old, whom The Associated Press isn't naming because he's a minor, remained held pending further court hearings.

Whinham said he knew both suspects personally, given the small size of the suburban Utah town of roughly 36,000 people. He said he had met with both of the suspects' parents and they were "devastated."

The 16-year-old suspect's father declined comment Friday, and no one answered the door at Morgan's home.

The plot "was months in planning," said Whinham, who also noted Morgan told investigators the 16-year-old had previously made a pipe bomb using gun powder and rocket fuel.

In Colorado, Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis confirmed Friday he met with the 16-year-old suspect on Dec. 12 after the teenager told him he was doing a story for his school newspaper on the shootings.

DeAngelis said he frequently gets requests from students doing research on the shootings, and the request from this one wasn't unusual.

"He asked the same questions I get from many callers and visitors asking about the shooting," DeAngelis said. He said the student wanted details about the shooting, the aftermath and the steps taken since then to protect the school.

Police said the student told them Roy school officials would not allow him to write the story.

DeAngelis said he was shocked when he got a call from Utah police on Wednesday asking if he had met with the youth. He said the interview raised no red flags but that he would do things differently with future requests.

"This was definitely a wake-up call. This is the first time this has happened," DeAngelis said.

Police credit the suspects' schoolmate with helping foil their plan, though Whinham said the school didn't have any assemblies set, and the suspects revealed no specific dates to pull off the attack.

Sophomore Bailey Gerhardt told The Salt Lake Tribune she received alarming text messages from one of the suspects and alerted school administrators.

"I get the feeling you know what I'm planning," read one of the messages, according to court records. "Explosives, airport, airplane" (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Chardon High School Shooting: Third Student Dies In Ohio
Date:
February 28, 2012
Source:
Huffington Post


Abstract:
A third student, Demetrius Hewlin, who was wounded in the Ohio school shooting Monday, has died at the hospital, the Associated Press reports.

According to a report by The Plain Dealer, the junior died today at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

UPDATE: Police Chief Tim Mckenna told the Associated Press news of Hewlin's death came shortly after 17-year-old Russell King Jr. died. Another student, Daniel Parmertor, was the first to die just hours after the shooting.

Hewlin's family has issued a statement:

"We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community," his family said in a statement released by the hospital. "Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time" (Huffington Post, 2012).

Title: 2 Arrested After Allegedly Plotting Shooting At Former High School Over Facebook
Date:
March 06, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
Two Massachusetts men were arrested Monday after allegedly discussing on Facebook how they would carry out a Columbine-style shooting at their former high school, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

Natick Sands, 18, and Ryan Ringuette, 20, both of Attleboro, were arrested following an investigation by police and school officials. Both face charges of threatened use of a dangerous weapon at Attleboro High School.

According to police, a current student at the high school saw the alleged discussion between Sands and Ringuette on Facebook and contacted school officials, who immediately notified police.

The alleged discussion took place on the individual Facebook pages of the former students. A specific target was not mentioned in the discussions, and school officials do not believe that anyone at the school was in imminent danger.

Sands and Ringuette will be arraigned on Tuesday in Attleboro District Court (Fox News, 2012).

Title: FBI Seizes Server Allegedly Linked To University Bomb Threat
Date: April 21, 2012
Source:
Red Orbit

Abstract: The 
FBI has seized a server used by an anonymous remailing service provider and several progressive service organizations as part of an ongoing investigation into anonymous bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh — a move which has reportedly drawn criticism from digital anonymity advocates.

The server was seized Wednesday from a co-location facility located in New York after FBI officials presented a warrant, Wired‘s Kim Zetter wrote on Friday. The server was used by Mixmaster, a remailing service which Zetter says “helps human rights activists and others prevent their communications from being traced to them,” as well as Riseup Networks and May First/People Link.

The move was made “in an effort to uncover the source” of the bomb threats, according to Wired, and the seizure affected more than 300 email accounts, as many has 80 email lists, and multiple websites, none of which have been linked in any way to the University of Pittsburgh bomb threats, Riseup said in a Thursday press release.

“The server seizure is not only an attack against us, but an attack against all users of the Internet who depend on anonymous communication,” May First/People Link director Jamie McClelland said in a statement.

“The FBI is using a sledgehammer approach, shutting down service to hundreds of users due to the actions of one anonymous person,” added Riseup spokesman Devin Theriot-Orr. “This is particularly misguided because there is unlikely to be any information on the server regarding the source of the threatening emails… We sympathize with the University of Pittsburgh community who have had to deal with this frightening disruption for weeks. We oppose such threatening actions. However, taking this server won’t stop these bomb threats.”

In addition, Forbes Staff Writer Andy Greenberg said that the FBI has allegedly seized the computers of a couple who are also being questioned as part of the investigation.

Greenberg also says that McClelland has denied previous Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the server seized Wednesday, which was operated by Italian ISP European Counter Network (ECN), had been “hijacked” by the user who sent the anonymous bomb threats.

Both Greenberg and Jeremy Kirk of IDG News Service attempted to contact FBI officials for comment, but neither had received a response as of their respective press times.

Regarding the investigation into the bomb threats, earlier this month David J. Hickton, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, released a statement saying that, “The safety and welfare of the University of Pittsburgh community is a top priority” and that the incidents, which started on February 13, were “being vigorously, aggressively and thoroughly investigated through every possible means.”

“The Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the University of Pittsburgh Police as a productive, contributing member, is actively pursuing the source or sources of these threats,” Hickton said. “While the disruption and fear engendered by such threats is unconscionable, we commend the resilience of the University community. The University of Pittsburgh is exercising appropriate regard for safety, through its notification system and through evacuations when threats are received and evaluated, while refusing to allow such threats to paralyze the entire University community in its pursuit of learning and teaching” (Red Orbit, 2012).

Title: Police: Woman Threatened To Blow Up Delaware School
Date:
March 10, 2012
Source:
UT San Diego

Abstract:
A Delaware woman has been charged with threatening to blow up an elementary school.

Police say 48-year-old Lisa Thomas was arrested Friday morning after saying that she would blow up Brittingham Elementary School in Milton.

She was charged with disorderly conduct and felony terroristic threatening.

Police say Thomas entered the school and started cursing and shouting at the staff, and then went outside and threatened to blow up the school. The school was placed on lockdown.

Capt. John Cornwell tells the News Journal of Wilmington ( http://delonline.us/zhgvfw ) that Thomas was released on $2,500 unsecured bail and ordered to have no contact with the Cape Henlopen School District.

A phone message left at a listing for Thomas was not immediately returned Saturday (UT San Diego, 2012).

Title: Man Falls To Death From Crane In Police Standoff On Texas College Campus
Date: May 29, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A man dangled from the cab of a 150-foot construction crane before falling to his death early Tuesday at a college campus in Dallas, ending a more than 14-hour standoff, police said.

The man, whose name has not been released, had spent a sweltering afternoon on the crane at the Southern Methodist University campus at University Park, fully exposed to the blazing sun with temperatures in the low 90s. He warned officers that he was armed and would shoot anyone who approached him.

Two police tactical officers who climbed the crane discovered he had sprayed a greasy substance "similar to WD-40" in the area near the cab, preventing them from reaching him, said Deputy Chief Randy Blankenbaker.

The man, who climbed the crane around noon Monday, pulled himself out of the cab and briefly hung from the crane -- holding on with just his hands -- before dropping to his death at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday.

"The suspect is deceased," Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez said. Police did not say if any weapon had been recovered.

Police were investigating if the man was involved in the theft of a truck before the standoff at the crane began. Kent Best, an SMU spokesman, said the man in the crane was a suspect fleeing from Dallas police.

His name was not immediately released.

The University campus was closed for Memorial Day, but reopened Tuesday.

The crane is being used for campus housing projects (Fox News, 2012)

Title: FBI Probes "Killing Spree" Facebook Threat
Date: September 7, 2012
Source:
Smoking Gun

Abstract: Alarmed by Facebook posts promoting a “Killing Spree” this month in Littleton, Colorado--home to Columbine High School--FBI agents last week raided a residence allegedly connected to the online threats and seized several guns and “eight books and notebook involving killing,” 
court records show.

Law enforcement officials learned of the Facebook posts after a tipster contacted police in Littleton to report a variety of disturbing images and messages on a Facebook page in the name “Eric Rebdomine.” One of the Columbine killers, Eric Harris, used the online alias “Rebdomine.”

Investigators discovered that the “Rebdomine” account had created a Facebook “event” announcing the planned “Killing Spree” in Littleton. “Join me on September 14th and kill as many people as possible,” the notice stated.

The tipster told cops that when she initially visited the page, she saw that “180 people had been invited to the ‘KILLING SPREE,’ and 37 had responded that they were coming,” according to an FBI affidavit sworn by Agent Russell Humphrey.

September 14 is “a significant day in the history of mass killings,” reported Humphrey. On that date in 2006, two Wisconsin students “allegedly obsessed” with the Columbine murders were arrested “with an arsenal of weapons in connection with a planned attack” on a Green Bay high school. Humphrey also noted that a Japanese man who killed eight elementary school students (and injured 13 others) was executed on that date in 2004.

A law enforcement review of the “Rebdomine” account revealed a variety of other threatening statements, including, “I’m going to show the world what a mass murderer really is. 85 people dead. 160 injured. I’ll get it done!” Following the July 20 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, “Rebdomine” criticized the accused shooter’s performance. “James holmes had 6000 rounds of ammo, but only killed 12…I could have done sooo much better.”

As part of its probe of “potential online death threats,” FBI agents served Facebook with a search warrant for IP addresses associated with the “Rebdomine” account. Then, with the assistance of an Internet service provider, investigators tracked log-ins to the account to a Beaufort, South Carolina home. Other log-ins were made from an iPhone that “connected to the Internet from various cell phone towers that were not in Beaufort.”

Agents last Tuesday raided the White Pine Road residence, which is occupied by Mark Jordan, 57, and several relatives. They seized two Acer computers, an iPhone, two rifles, a revolver, and “eight books and notebook involving killing.”

In a TSG interview, Jordan said, “it was my daughter” when asked who in his household was connected to the “Rebdomine” account. Jordan said that FBI agents interviewed his daughter, who he described as being in her 30s and “interested in crime in general.” He added that he was not familiar with details of the federal probe.

No arrests have been made in connection with the FBI’s “Rebdomine” probe, which is centering on alleged threats transmitted in interstate commerce, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison (Smoking Gun, 2012).

Title: California Man Arrested After Post About Killing Kids
Date: September 18, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A California man is being held on $2 million bail after authorities say he wrote in an ESPN online chat room that he was watching kids and wouldn't mind killing them.

The man, who is in his early 20s, remains in custody Tuesday after he was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats. His name was not immediately released.

Lt. Donn Watson of the Bristol, Conn., Police Department says an ESPN employee called authorities Sept. 13 to report the man's comments. Police linked the posting to the man's home in northern Los Angeles County, where he was arrested.

Los Angeles sheriff's investigators say they found several firearms in the man's house, which overlooks two schools. Authorities say the man's posts referenced the shooting at a Colorado movie theater in July (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Suspect In LSU Bomb Threat Arrested
Date: September 19, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Louisiana police say a suspect has been arrested in connection to a bomb threat Monday that forced the evacuation of Louisiana State University's campus in Baton Rouge.

The Advocate, a Baton Rouge newspaper, identified William Bouvay Jr., as the suspect. He reportedly admitted to university police that he called in the threat. He is not a student at the school.

Thousands of students, professors and workers left campus after a threat was phoned into 911. Police and bomb-sniffing dogs swept through 250 buildings before giving the all-clear.

Campuses in Texas, North Dakota, and Ohio were evacuated Friday after receiving bomb threats, but police found no explosives. LSU officials said it isn't clear if the threats are related.

Bouvay was charged with communication of false information of a planned bombing, the paper reported (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Bomb Scare At Tolland High School; Teen Arrested
Date: September 25, 2012
Source:
Courant

Abstract: The state police have arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with a bomb threat at 
Tolland High School Tuesday.

The suspect, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He is scheduled to appear at Superior Court in Rockville Tuesday Oct. 2.

A handwritten message about a bomb was discovered in a bathroom about 9:10 a.m., according to a recorded message Principal Dominique Fox sent to parents. A lock-in order was given, which means students are not allowed to leave their classrooms.

The school, which is at 1 Eagle Hill, was not evacuated.

This is the second bomb threat at the school in two weeks. On Sept. 13, another message about a bomb was written on a bathroom wall.

In that case, students were locked in and then evacuated while police and firefighters went through the building.

Both times, classes resumed after the building was deemed safe (Courant, 2012).

Title: Texas Man Threatened To Kill Schoolchildren And Stream It Live, Police Say
Date: October 4, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A Texas man accused of threatening to massacre schoolchildren and stream it over the Internet was charged with making a terroristic threat Wednesday after police were notified about the postings, MyFoxHouston.com reported.

Investigators traced user SS_Patrick's posts on Overclock.net to Patrick Joseph Hudson, 19, who works at an Office Max. When met by authorities, he admitted to making the threats, but said they were a joke and merely referencing a song lyric, the station reported, citing court papers.

The FBI told HoustonPress.com that the threat did not specify a particular school.

One of the posts reportedly read, "What better way to go out with a bang than killing a bunch of little kids.

"Don't want to live through the trails (sic) and jaile (sic)….so I off myself in the classroom."

He said he would leave a few alive so they would never grow up correctly. He also expressed interest in live-streaming the shooting and asked other users if they knew how to stream from a Go Pro Camera.

Investigators traced SS_Patrick to Hudson, who was living with his mother in Katy, Texas. Hudson's mother helped investigators get on the phone with him and set up a meeting at an Office Max.

School officials said they were aware of the threat and no students were in danger, HoustonPress.com reported.

Hudson’s bond was set at $100,000 (Fox News, 2012)

Title: Spain Says Arrested Man Planned Columbine-Like Attacks On University
Date: October 4, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Spanish police said Thursday they have arrested a man on suspicion that he planned to imitate the 1999 Columbine school killings by planting bombs around a university campus.

In a statement, police said they seized 308 pounds of bomb-making material when they arrested the 21-year-old in the Balearic island city of Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday.

Police said that in his personal diary and Internet blog, the man -- a Spaniard only identified by his initials J.M.M.S. -- talked of his admiration for the perpetrators of the Columbine attacks and how he planned to place several bombs around a campus in Palma.

The statement said the man had openly expressed his hatred for society, and particularly students, in his diary and blog.

A police spokesman said there was nothing to indicate that the man had planned to carry out the attack for any set ideological reasons.

Twelve students and one teacher were killed in the Columbine attack in Colorado. The two perpetrators then killed themselves.

Spanish police said the arrested man had tried several times to purchase guns for the university attack, but finding this impossible then opted to use bombs by buying explosive-making material on the Internet.

The arrest took place just as the material was delivered to his house, the statement said.

Police said they had been watching the man for the past five months after messages referring to Columbine began appearing on Internet pages in Spain.

A police spokesman said the suspect had previously studied electronics at a technical training school and had recently begun a course in business administration. He said he earned money by playing poker on the Internet and had recently moved out of his family house and into an apartment.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Ore. Man Who Authorities Feared Was Planning Attack On High School Football Game Gets 2 Years
Date:
November 1, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
A 27-year-old Oregon man who authorities feared might have been planning a sniper attack on a high school football game at his alma mater was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison to assure he gets psychological treatment.

U.S. District Judge Owen Panner said he wanted to make sure Raphael E. Amoroso of Grants Pass receives the intense psychological treatment he needs to overcome his anger and unrealistic view of the world.

Marshals led Amoroso away in handcuffs to start serving his sentence immediately. As he left, Amoroso's mother waved at him and put her hand to her mouth in grief.

Panner rejected arguments from the defense that Amoroso would be better served by remaining free to continue treatment with a local psychologist.

The judge noted that back when Amoroso was a student at Grants Pass High School, he wrote a letter saying he wanted to "take a gun to school and blow away the faculty."

"And when I'm done with that, I want to blow away every student I can," Amoroso wrote.

The judge said he didn't believe Amoroso would carry out those threats.

"But the psychologist's report indicates he's got a lot of anger, and needs a couple years of help," Panner said. "I think he can get that in the penitentiary."

Prosecutors had sought a seven-year term. Panner imposed a three-year sentence with credit for the year Amoroso has spent in jail since his October 2011 arrest.

Amoroso was arrested after he approached a police officer outside Grants Pass High School a few hours after a football game.

Police said he was drunk, had been smoking marijuana, and had a loaded automatic pistol in his car, along with 200 rounds of rifle ammunition, binoculars, a camouflage jacket, and a novel about a rogue federal agent who shoots up a professional football game.

A week later, a search of the home Amoroso shared with his mother turned up seven more guns, mostly vintage military rifles, as well as sniper gear — a camouflage sniper's suit, sniper manuals, a ballistic helmet, bulletproof vest, another 2,000 rounds of rifle ammunition, and armor-piercing bullets.

When he pleaded guilty to charges of having a gun on school grounds, and being a marijuana user in possession of firearms, Amoroso denied any intention of a sniper attack.

In court, Amoroso said he would like to continue the treatment sessions he started after his release from jail in August. His employer and a neighbor both said they could not envision Amoroso making a terrorist-type attack.

Panner had released Amoroso in August after he pleaded guilty and two psychologists said he posed a low risk of violence — even though Amoroso had a juvenile conviction for shooting a pellet gun at a tour boat on the Rogue River, wounding a passenger.

But Panner became concerned after reading a report from a third psychologist who treated Amoroso weekly in the past three months. The judge postponed sentencing originally set for Monday.

Defense attorney Michael Roloff argued that things Amoroso said during treatment should not be held against him, and ordinarily would be confidential.

Psychologist Michael O'Connell testified Thursday that Amoroso has made progress getting over feelings that the federal government was to blame for his problems.

O'Connell said he was less concerned that Amoroso would initiate violence than he was that Amoroso would put himself in a situation where violence was likely to happen, like a person with poor eyesight driving without glasses.

O'Connell said Amoroso has little concern for the distress of others and has an unrealistic view of his abilities and the world around him.

Panner recommended that Amoroso be sent to a prison in West Virginia that offers a treatment program suited to his needs (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Final Defendant In NJ Schoolyard Killings Of 3 College-Bound Friends Convicted Of Murder
Date:
November 9, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
The final defendant in a brutal schoolyard attack that killed three college-bound friends and left a fourth seriously wounded was convicted on Friday, marking an end to a five-year odyssey for the victims' family members who made it their mission to be present for all phases of the criminal cases.

Jurors in state Superior Court convicted Gerardo Gomez on 15 of 17 counts, including murder and attempted murder.

Gomez, 20, was among six men and boys charged in the Newark schoolyard attack, which shocked the state's largest city and led to a host of anti-crime measures. Several of the defendants were avowed members of the MS-13 street gang.

Gomez had turned 15 on the day of the killings, Aug. 4, 2007, but was tried as an adult. His attorney had argued that he was a bystander at the Mount Vernon School playground, but prosecutors contended that he acted as a lookout while the victims were robbed.

Killed were Dashon Harvey, Terrance "T.J." Aeriel and Iofemi Hightower. A fourth friend was shot and slashed but survived. All were enrolled or planning to enroll at Delaware State University and knew each other from playing in marching bands.

The defendants initially robbed the four, then led three of them down a set of steps and forced them to kneel against a wall before shooting them, according to the suspects' statements and the survivor's testimony.

Like many family members of the victims, Shalga Hightower, Iofemi Hightower's mother, attended every trial in the case.

"I feel like a load has been lifted, because we had to endure so much in these five years," Hightower said outside court following Friday's verdict.

James Harvey, whose son Dashon Harvey was killed, said the victims' families had grown so close during the trials that they now spend holidays together and would be around the same Thanksgiving table this year. He said they felt the guilty verdicts in the case had been just.

"Now our healing aspect can begin, at this particular point, where we don't have to come and face these criminals in court, day by day, and sit and listen to the events of that night," he said. "This is the end of the road for the criminal aspect, and the healing process begins."

Besides Gomez, three of the other defendants were convicted at trial and are serving multiple life sentences, and two others pleaded guilty, one to reduced charges in exchange for his testimony.

Sentencing for Gomez is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 8. Prosecutors say they plan to ask for multiple life sentences.

First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas McTigue and Assistant Prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo said the cases were among the most upsetting they had worked during their long careers with the Essex County prosecutor's office.

"It's just an amazing waste of life," McTigue said. "These were truly innocent victims. These were good kids from Newark. These were band kids, and their lives were snuffed out for no reason."

The outcry following the killings fast-tracked numerous anti-crime measures in Newark including surveillance cameras and gunshot detection systems (Fox News, 2012).

Title: College Student, 19, 'Poisoned Her Roommate's Iced Tea With Bleach After An Argument Over Dirty Dishes'
Date: December 6, 2012
Source:
Daily Mail                    

Abstract: A college student faces 15 years in jail after she allegedly sprayed bleach into her roommate's iced tea.

Kayla Ashlyn Bonkowski, 19, was charged with felony poisoning and appeared in court on Wednesday. She reportedly told police that she had put chemicals in the drink following an argument about cleaning the dishes with her 20-year-old roommate Emily Joseph.

The poisoning occurred on November 7 at the students' apartment in Union Township, located near the Mount Pleasant school of Central Michigan University, authorities said.


Miss Joseph was taken to hospital for treatment but later released. After she filed a complaint, Bonkowski was arrested.

The 19-year-old 'verbally admitted' to police that she put bleach in the drink because 'Joseph is mean', according to ABC.

She was arraigned on Wednesday at 2pm before posting $2,000 bond. She entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of poisoning a food, drink, medicine or water supply. The college student faces up to 15 years in prison.

Reached by e-mail, Bonkowski said on Wednesday morning that she needed to consult with a lawyer before commenting. University officials declined to make a statement at this time.

Bonkowski is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on December 13 (Daily Mail, 2012).

Title: Denton Woman Accused Of Threatening To Blow Up Middle School
Date: December 10, 2012
Source:
My Fox 8 News

Abstract: Officials say a woman was arrested after she threatened to “blow up South Davidson Middle School with everyone in it.”

The Lexington Dispatch reported that Valerie Lewis, 32, of Denton, made the threat to the Davidson County Schools’ superintendent’s office by telephone on Thursday.

She has reportedly been charged with communicating threats and felony false report mass violence on educational property.

Authorities say she received a $10,000 unsecured bond and has court planned for Jan. 29 (My Fox 8 News, 2012).

Title: Indiana Man With 47 Guns Arrested After School Threat
Date: December 16, 2012
Source:
My Fox 8 News

Abstract: A northern Indiana man who allegedly threatened to “kill as many people as he could” at an elementary school near his home was arrested by officers who later found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout his home.

Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Saturday after prosecutors filed formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement against him.

He was being held Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges, police said in a statement.

Cedar Lake Police officers were called to Meyer’s home early Friday after he allegedly threatened to set his wife on fire once she fell asleep, the statement said.

Meyer also threatened to enter nearby Jane Ball Elementary School “and kill as many people as he could before police could stop him,” the statement said. Meyer’s home is less than 1,000 feet from the school and linked to it by trails and paths through a wooded area, police said.

Police said in the statement that they notified school officials and boosted security at all area schools Friday – the same day 26 people, including 20 students, were shot and killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

On Saturday, officers served warrants at Meyer’s home and arrested him. The statement said police had learned that Meyer kept many weapons in his older, two-story home and “is a known member of the Invaders Motorcycle Gang.”

Officers searched the home, finding 47 guns and ammunition worth more than $100,000 hidden throughout the home. Many of the weapons were collector’s guns.

Cedar Lake is about 45 miles southeast of Chicago.

A dispatcher with Cedar Lake Police said that the police chief was not available for interviews until Monday.

Lake County police spokeswoman Patti Van Til said Sunday that a SWAT team from the department assisted in serving Saturday’s warrants (My Fox 8 News, 2012).

Title: Oklahoma Teen Arrested In School Shooting Plot
Date: December 15, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A Bartlesville High School student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the campus auditorium on the same day that 28 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday.

An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students who didn't help.

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reports Chavez planned to detonate bombs at the doors as police arrived.

The school district says students were never in danger. Chavez is being held on $1 million bond (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Boy, 15, Planned Shooting At California School, Police Say
Date: December 21, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after investigators said they found evidence he was planning a shooting at his high school in Northern California.

Authorities were called to the teen's home on Sunday after he pulled a knife on his parents and was attempting to load a .30-caliber rifle, Alturas Police Chief Tim Barnes told the Record Searchlight of Redding on Thursday.

The teen was being held at a mental health facility. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.

The teen made statements to investigators that indicated he planned a shooting Friday at Modoc High School, Barnes said. The teen had chatted online about school shootings and talked to neighbors who had firearms, Barnes said.

"We're pretty sure he was planning this," said Barnes, who declined to elaborate.

Calls to Barnes and the Modoc County District Attorney's office by The Associated Press on Friday were not immediately returned.

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old boy was arrested Thursday for investigation of bringing a gun to school after rumors began spreading on a social media network that someone planned a shooting at a Central California high school.

The ninth grader was taken into custody in a classroom at Central High School, the Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/Yth3vy) reported.

Authorities said the teen had a .25-caliber handgun and was playing with more than 50 rounds of ammunition in his pockets.

Fresno County sheriff's investigators and the school district superintendent said rumors started circulating Wednesday that someone planned a shooting on the Fresno campus, although there was no evidence that the rumors constituted a real threat or that it was linked to the student.

Prosecutors said Friday that no charges have been filed, although sheriff's officials said the teen could face counts of possessing a firearm while on campus, carrying a firearm in a public place and being a minor in possession of a concealed weapon.

His name has not been released because of his age (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Alabama Teen Accused Of Plotting To Bomb Classmates In 'Potential Terrorist Attacks'
Date: January 7, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: An eastern Alabama high school student faces an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at his school.

Derek Shrout, a 17-year-old student at Russell County High School in Seale, appeared in court Monday afternoon at a hearing. A judge has set Shrout's bond at $75,000.

Shrout was apprehended after a journal was found by a teacher and turned over to authorities, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said.

"The journal contained several plans that looked like potential terrorist attacks, and attacks of violence and danger on the school," Taylor told WTVM-TV. "And in particular, there were six students specifically named, and one teacher."

Taylor said he believes the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a factor because the first date in the boy's journal describing the plan was Dec. 17: three days after the Connecticut killings.

Taylor added that the boy told investigators that he's a white supremacist and five of the six students he named in his journal are black.

A search of Shrout's home found several small tobacco cans and two large cans, all with holes drilled in them and containing pellets, Taylor told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The devices were just "a step or two away from being ready to explode," the sheriff said.

Taylor praised the efforts of school officials and others.

"The system worked and thank God, it did," he said. "We avoided a very bad situation."

Seale is about 80 miles east of Montgomery (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 22-Year-Old Man Charged In Texas College Shooting, Authorities Say
Date: January 23, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:  A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shootings at a Houston-area community college campus that left him and two others wounded.

A statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office identifies the suspect as Carlton Berry. Spokesman Alan Bernstein says Berry is charged with aggravated assault but remains hospitalized with wounds suffered in the shooting.

Bernstein said no other identities are available.

Investigators say a fight between two people erupted in gunfire Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms.

No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots heard just before 1 p.m. sparked fear of another campus massacre less than a month after 26 people were killed at elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library where Luis Resendiz, 22, was studying on the second floor. An employee called police and then herded the 30 to 40 people in the library into a small room and told them to crouch down, he said.

Keisha Cohn, 27, was in a building about 50 feet away and began running as soon as she heard the shots.

"To stay where I was wasn't an option," said Cohn, who fled to a building that houses computers and study areas. All the students were eventually evacuated, running out of buildings as police officers led them to safety.

Authorities offered no details on what led to the fight. One of the people involved had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.

Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of an EMT class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help them.

"The two people that I took care of had just minor injuries," he told KHOU-TV. "One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee and the (other) actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area."

The shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School heightened security concerns at campuses across the country. Resendiz said the Connecticut shooting was the first thing he thought of when he heard gunfire and he wondered if a similar situation was happening on his campus.

"I didn't think something like this could happen. You don't think about it happening to you," he said.

Several school districts in Texas have either implemented or are considering a plan to allow faculty to carry guns on campus. While guns are not allowed on college campuses, the Texas Legislature this year may debate a bill that would allow them.

Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, said the campus is a gun-free zone that "has been safe for 40 years."

"We think it's still safe," he added. He described the maintenance man, who was said to be in his 50s and listed in stable condition, as "in good shape."

Daniel Flores, 19, was in a second-floor tutoring lab with about 60 people when he heard a noise that sounded "like someone was kicking a door."

Once he and others realized the sound was gunfire, they fled to the nearby student services center, where authorities kept them for about 30 minutes before letting them go.

Cody Harris, 20, said he was in a classroom with about six or seven other students waiting for a psychology class to start when he heard eight shots. He and other students looked at each other, said "I guess we should get out of here," and fled.

"I was just worried about getting out," Harris said. "I called my grandmother and asked her to pick me up."

Classes are expected to resume Wednesday (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 5th-Graders Accused Of Plotting To Kill Classmate At Wash. School
Date: February 15, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: The effort to prosecute two boys, ages 10 and 11, for allegedly bringing weapons to a Colville school in a plot to kill a classmate is posing legal challenges because the suspects are so young.

The state's criminal justice system presumes that children below the age of 12 do not have the capacity to understand they are planning to commit crimes, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said Thursday.

A judge can allow prosecutors to pursue criminal charges in juvenile court for children between the ages of 8 and 12, but only if prosecutors can show the youths understood the difference between right and wrong.

"Is it the kind of thing everyone would know is wrong?" Rasmussen said of the legal burden.

The boys were arrested at Fort Colville Elementary School on Feb. 7 after a fourth-grader saw one playing with a knife on the school bus and told a school employee. The capacity hearing is set for Feb. 20 in Colville, about 75 miles north of Spokane.

If convicted in juvenile court, the boys would likely be incarcerated in a juvenile hall, possibly up to the age of 18, Rasmussen said.

"It gives me no pleasure to prosecute a kid," Rasmussen said.

Such capacity hearings are not exactly rare in the state, but they don't happen frequently, said Pam Loginsky of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Olympia.

There are several key issues for the judge to consider, Loginsky said. Did the youths know their plan was wrong? Did they show a desire for secrecy, including admonishing others not to tell? Was there an attempt to intimidate the victim? Had they engaged in similar conduct before?

"Did they understand it was wrong at the time they did it," not just after they were caught? Loginsky added.

The boys remained in custody at a juvenile hall near Spokane on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with a witness and conspiracy to possess a firearm.

Court documents released this week gave details about the boys' alleged plans on the day they were caught with a knife and gun in school. Colville police officers called to the school began questioning the boys, who admitted the plot and gave details about how they were going to kill a girl in their class and possibly harm a half dozen other students, court documents said.

Authorities discovered the plan when a fourth-grader saw one of the boys playing with a knife aboard a school bus and told a school employee what he'd seen. A search of the 10-year-old's backpack found a knife, a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a full ammunition clip, court records showed.

A staff member asked the 10-year-old why he had the gun. The boy said he and the 11-year-old were going to "get" a girl identified in court documents only by initials, according to authorities.

"When asked what he meant by `get' her, (the 10-year-old) responded that he and (the 11-year-old) were going to get (the girl) away from the school and do her in," court records said. The 10-year-old "further stated that the (11-year-old) was going to stab (the girl) with a knife and (the 10-year-old) was supposed to keep everyone away."

Rasmussen said he was thankful that tragedy was averted, even if it means prosecuting the youngest defendants of his career.

"Certainly it is difficult to comprehend 10- and 11-year-olds developing a plan to kill one and possibly other people," Rasmussen said (Fox News, 2013).

Title: NY Police: Boy, 12, Made 'Hit List' Of Students, Faculty, Family
Date: February 24, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Police on Long Island say they have questioned a 12-year-old boy about an alleged "hit list" of fellow students, school faculty, and family members.

Newsdayhttp://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png says Glen Cove police interviewed the student and his mother Thursday. His home was checked for weapons, but none was found.

Glen Cove Det. Lt. John Nagle says at this point, the student isn't being charged with a crime. The student hasn't been identified.

He says there's no history of the child ever being violent. Police say they don't think he intended to follow through.

A statement on the school district's website says the student has been suspended until the outcome of a superintendent's hearing.

Police say all the adults on the list were notified, along with the parents of the children on it (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Teen Charged In Deadly Ohio School Shooting Pleads Guilty
Date: February 26, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A teenager charged with killing three students at an Ohio high school pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges on Tuesday.

Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane entered the plea in a deal with prosecutors. Lane pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, among other charges. As part of the agreement, prosecutors removed the death penalty specifications.

Lane's appearance in the Geauga County courtroom came one day before the anniversary of the deadly shootings at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

Lane had been charged with fatally shooting three students and injuring others.

Both the defense and the prosecution had sought court-ordered psychiatric testing for Lane to determine if he would be competent to stand trial.

Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.

Investigators say he admitted shooting at students but said he didn't know why he did it. Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to the school last Feb. 27 and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria.

Lane attended an alternative school for students who haven't done well in traditional schools. He was at Chardon waiting for a bus.

He pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted. He isn't eligible for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the shootings, even though he was charged as an adult (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Former Teacher Sentenced For Louisiana Bomb Threats
Date: March 1, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A former teacher who made bomb threats against three Ouachita Parish schools will serve at least four months in jail.

David Reyna was sentenced in state district court in Monroe on Thursday. Judge Stephens Winters sentenced Reyna to 65 months hard labor with all but 20 months suspended. The News-Star reports that Reyna could be eligible for parole in four months.

Winters also sentenced Reyna to three years supervised probation and 100 hours of community service following his release.

Reyna, a Mexico native who lives in the United States legally, was a teacher at River Oaks School when he called 911 on Sept. 24 and made bomb threats against River Oaks, St. Frederick and Ouachita Christian schools.

The three schools were evacuated. Police did not find explosives.

Reyna was arrested Sept. 28 and pleaded guilty Dec. 3 to one charge of communicating information about a false bomb threat on school property.

Winters said factors in the sentencing included Reyna's otherwise clean criminal record, and a psychologist's evaluation that Reyna is not a danger to society.

Winters, who sealed Reyna's records concerning Monroe psychologist E.H. Baker's evaluation, also said a letter from Reyna to the judge "showed contrition and remorse, which was likewise beneficial."

He said Reyna's crime was "bizarre and probably out of character. I don't find you're a violent person by nature," Winters said.

Nonetheless, Winters said the seriousness of Reyna's crime demanded some prison time.

"Your criminal conduct created panic, confusion, disruption and stretched limited law enforcement resources," Winters told Reyna. "The fear instilled was substantial, and fear is a powerful weapon. It can't be ignored" (Fox News, 2013).

Title: FBI Foils Massacre Plan At Northamptonshire School
Date: March 11, 2013
Source:
Telegraph

Abstract: The 16-year-old drew up detailed plans to massacre his classmates in Northamptonshire using handguns and home-made bombs.

He created intricate classroom plans and a hit-list of fellow students and where they sat, and said he would carry on shooting until the police arrived, at which point he would take his own life.

But after warning users on a forum that he would be armed and ready "20 minutes from now", one user called the FBI, who alerted police in England.

On Monday the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was detained indefinitely in a secure mental unit after admitting possessing explosive materials and possessing terrorist materials.

Birmingham Magistrates were told that the teenager suffers from Aspergers syndrome, stockpiled terrorist e-books and guides to making explosives on his computer.

When police searched his home they also found chemicals used to make explosives which had been bought from the internet.

He was arrested in February last year after detailing his plans on the anonymous chat website 'Omegle', claiming he would carry out the massacre in revenge for being bullied at school.

Prosecuting, Mark Topping said an American chat room user had alerted the FBI when the boy had made comments about carrying out the mass killing on February 24, who contacted police in England.

He said: "The boy told the person he was going to stage a massacre at his school using handguns then committing suicide.

"He said 20 minutes from now he would be armed with a Magnum .44 revolver, a Beretta 92FS and various other weapons and ammunition.

"He said he would keep shooting until the police arrived, at which point he would commit suicide.

"He also made a comment about how people shouldn't have bullied him so much."

Mr Topping added: "He spent some time looking for this material and wrote out a quotation on a notice board at school which was quickly erased.

"The recoveries included diaries and notebook instructions for the construction of IEDs.

"There were further notes about plans for the massacre.

"There were plans of class rooms, desks at which pupils sat and who was to be targeted.

"It is interspersed with references to [the boy] feeling himself to be weak and powerless, excluded from social activities and being bullied."

A police search of the teenager's home found 20 publications, including 'The Terrorist Handbook', 'The CIA Explosives for Sabotage Manual' and bomb-making guide 'An Anarchist's Cookbook - Recipes for Disaster'.

The court heard that police also found diaries and hand-written notes containing detailed plans for the massacre and research on 'Lone Wolf' killers including Black Panther Donald Nielsen. The notes were "interspersed with references to [the boy] feeling himself to be weak and powerless, excluded from social activities and being bullied".

Officers also found sealed containers of potassium nitrate and sulphur powder - 'precursor chemicals' for gunpowder - which the boy had bought online using his father's PayPal account.

Dr John O'Brien, the boy's psychiatrist, said that the boy's disorder caused him to obsess over his interests.

He added: "He has talked about this in a fantasy-type way, and has said he never planned for it to be real life and he didn't have plans to carry it out. He knew it was a crime and was wrong."

Imposing a hospital order, District Judge Howard Riddle said evidence from medical experts provided "hope" for the boy's future.

He said: "I think I speak for everyone when I say we all wish you well."

The boy also admitted a third charge of possessing 'Lollicon' images - Japanese cartoons depicting child sex abuse (Telegraph, 2013).

Title: Man Arrested After Being Named In School Threats; Has Criminal Past
Date: March 15, 2013
Source:
Fox 17 News

Abstract: The man who police say was named in a threat which resulted in the lock down of multiple schools Friday has a criminal past.

Investigators were still on the scene of the man’s Orangeville area home Friday morning where they found meth and marijuana inside.

FOX 17 News has learned the suspect is 50-year-old Michael Bourdo.  He was convicted of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and most recently possession of methamphetamine.  According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, the suspect is still carrying out a three-year sentence for the meth conviction.  All offenses happened in Barry County.

Investigators tell FOX 17 Bourdo was on drugs when an anonymous caller called police and said Bourdo claimed he was going to ‘shoot up a school’ early Friday morning which prompted school lock downs in Barry, Allegan and Kalamazoo Counties, including Delton-Kellogg.

Bourdo was taken into custody at his Bever Road near Orangeville on unrelated charges to the alleged threat, according to authorities.  He was arrested for being a felon with a firearm and operating a meth home while on probation.  A small child was also removed from the house by Child Protective Services.

Charges are not likely today, according to authorities (Fox 17 News, 2013).