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alexd

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5 teens arrested in foiled school shooting plot

Officials: Guns found just before planned attack on Columbine anniversary

The Associated Press

Updated: 9:16 a.m. ET April 21, 2006

RIVERTON, Kan. - Five teenage boys fully intended to go on a shooting spree at their high school but were stopped after one of them discussed the plot on a Web site, law enforcement and school officials said.

The boys, ranging in age from 16 to 18, were arrested Thursday, the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, just hours before they planned to shoot fellow students and school employees, authorities said.

“What the resounding theme is: They were actually going to do this,” Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Norman said.

The teens planned to wear black trench coats and disable the school’s camera system before starting the attack between noon and 1 p.m. Thursday, Norman said. Sheriff’s deputies found guns, ammunition, knives and coded messages in the bedroom of one suspect and documents about firearms and references to Armageddon in two suspects’ school lockers.

Hitler, Columbine cited
Apparently, they had been plotting since the beginning of the school year. Norman said school officials began investigating Tuesday after learning a threatening message had been posted on MySpace.com.

“The message, it was brief, but it stated that there was going to be a shooting at the Riverton school and that people should wear bulletproof vests and flak jackets,” Norman said.

It also discussed the significance of April 20 as Adolf Hitler’s birthday and the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School attack in Colorado, in which two students wearing trench coats killed 13 people before committing suicide.

School officials identified the student who posted the message and talked to several of his friends, he said.

But Riverton school district Superintendent David Walters said the significance of the threat did not become clear until Wednesday night, after a woman in North Carolina who had chatted with one of the suspects on Myspace.com notified authorities there would be about a dozen potential victims, at least one of them a staff member.

Earlier comments taken as a joke
Riverton student Michaela Ferneau said Friday she had heard she was one of the targets.

Back in January, one of the teen suspects had talked about Columbine, but “we thought he was joking because he was always joking about stuff like that,” Ferneau told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.

“I guess I told on them, apparently, when I didn’t know I did,” she said. “It’s kind of scary to know that people from a little town like this would even try anything like that.”

Ferneau and other students described the teen as a class clown who was often in trouble with the teachers.

He was an “oddball,” student Trenton Berry told ABC. “Everybody picked on him and everything.”

Norman also mentioned bullying and said investigators had learned the suspects liked violent video games.

Four of the suspects were arrested at their homes Thursday; the fifth was taken into custody at the school.

Charges expected soon
The suspects, who were not immediately identified, were expected to appear in court Friday, when charges are likely to be announced, said Attorney General Phill Kline, whose office took over the prosecution at the request of the county attorney.

The four younger than 18 were being held Thursday at a juvenile detention center in Girard. The 18-year-old was in the Cherokee County Jail. No decision has been made on whether to charge the four juveniles as adults, Kline said.

Officials assured the community that the 270 or so students at Riverton High School were safe and school would continue as normal Friday.

MySpace.com — a social networking hub with more 72 million members — released a statement declining to discuss the case because of the investigation, adding that it has provided users with mechanisms to report inappropriate content.

Barbara Gibson, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, said her classmates didn’t seem too bothered by the threat.

“A lot of people just talked about it,” she said. “But there wasn’t much reaction.”

Riverton is a small community of about 600 people along what once was the famed Route 66 in southeast Kansas, near the Oklahoma and Missouri borders.

© 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
 

kaniz

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The four younger than 18 were being held Thursday at a juvenile detention center in Girard. The 18-year-old was in the Cherokee County Jail. No decision has been made on whether to charge the four juveniles as adults, Kline said.
Adults, why is this even a question? Planning on going on a school shooting rampage - you know what the fuck you are doing, and should be hung by the balls and whipped then tossed into jail for many many years.
 

Snuffalupagus

TRIBE Member
Ever since the donkey craze of the eighties I find myself throwing barrels at italians. It's almost like I have been reprogrammed.
 
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annec

TRIBE Member
Snuffalupagus said:
Ever since the donkey craze of the eighties I find myself throwing barrels at italians. It's almost like I have been reprogrammed.
Hey, I'm old skool--I sometimes feel like I'm a ball, bouncing here and there, being paddled periodically, and sometimes, I even slip past the paddle. Is there any hope for me?
 
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Spinsah

TRIBE Member
After playing that game I tried to use the 'fly-icon' and unzip my own and other peoples pants all around me. It ended well with all your moms.
 

Lurker

TRIBE Member
Skipper said:
fucking myspace
?? :confused: ??

Not meaning to sound like a jerk, but if it wasn't for chatting online, the news story would be reading a lot different today.

(unless you were being fecicous)
 
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Rude1_247

TRIBE Member
Lurker said:
?? :confused: ??

Not meaning to sound like a jerk, but if it wasn't for chatting online, the news story would be reading a lot different today.

(unless you were being fecicous)
The argument could be made though that self-indulgent social-networking sites like myspace can serve as a breeding ground for all kinds of fucked up group-think that normally wouldn't find a catalyst in a non-virtual environment, espescially when you throw disillusioned emo-loners into the mix.
 

Flashy_McFlash

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Rude1_247 said:
The argument could be made though that self-indulgent social-networking sites like tribe can serve as a breeding ground for all kinds of fucked up group-think that normally wouldn't find a catalyst in a non-virtual environment, espescially when you throw disillusioned progressive trance-loving whistle blowers into the mix.
yeah!
 
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Lurker

TRIBE Member
Rude1_247 said:
The argument could be made though that self-indulgent social-networking sites like myspace can serve as a breeding ground for all kinds of fucked up group-think that normally wouldn't find a catalyst in a non-virtual environment, espescially when you throw disillusioned emo-loners into the mix.
True enough.

My point though is that it was people seeing this stuff on MySpace that helped point the authorities to the right people before anything went down.

Although one would have hoped that any of the kids who overheard talk of this plan long before it was on myspace would have alerted the proper authorities as well.
 

Bumbaclat

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Lurker said:
would have alerted the proper authorities as well.

or even the improper authorities.. like say the Fisheries Dept. or the LCBO*


* I know this was in America and we are in Ontario.
 
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