A 15-year-old girl and boy have been indicted as adults and two other students at their Pennsylvania high school at 25 have been indicted as juveniles in connection with a massacre.th The anniversary of the Columbine shooting, police said.
The Columbine tragedy occurred on April 20, 1999 when students Dylan Harris and Eric Klebold walked into their high school in Littleton, Colorado with trench coats and an armory, killing more than a dozen people, including themselves.
According to local reports, the Pennsylvania students seemed inspired and “obsessed” by the Colorado incident. Dunmore High School students Xavier Lewis and Alyssa Kucharsky have been charged as adults because of the serious nature of the threats, Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell told a local NBC affiliate. WBRE. Two others have been charged with plotting to attack the school.
Like Harris and Klebold, the conspirators were reportedly planning the attack with firearms and explosives.
According to court records obtained by the station, Mr. Lewis and Ms. Kucharsky wanted “everything to go down the same way”—referring to Columbine, one of the first and most infamous American school shootings.
Investigators searching Ms. Kucharsky’s home found components for the bombs, how to make them and handwritten, price lists of guns, ammunition and tactical gear, along with at least one Molotov cocktail, quoted by WBRE. According to a criminal complaint.
WBRE reported that investigators also received text messages in which students discussed plans to “shoot down the school” and one called “dibs.”
The complaint alleges that the conspiracy was exposed in July after the mother of one of the students, accused as a juvenile, received a text message on the juvenile’s phone. According to local reports, the student eventually told authorities that he had seen a Molotov cocktail under Ms. Kucharsky’s porch.
He and Mr Lewis were indicted on 16 September on possession of weapons of mass destruction, terroristic intimidation, felony assault, criminal conspiracy and explosive material charges. Police said the girl has also been accused of taking the risk of devastation by threatening explosive devices to family members and neighbors.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 4.
“As the investigation continues, I want to reassure the parents, students and staff of Dunmore High School that we do not believe there is an active threat at this time,” District Attorney Mark Powell said. “We are relieved that this conspiracy was uncovered before anyone was injured and urge anyone who has information about the potential dangers of school violence to contact the police immediately.” “
The targeted school issued a statement on Friday, assuring that “there is no current threat to students or staff”.
Principal Timothy Hopkins, one of the officers targeted, told times-tribune The students weren’t upset, he was confused as to why he would be on their hit list, and it was “a little troubling to find out something that was being plotted”.
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