Investigators searching a girl’s home found a Molotov cocktail, components for the bombs, and a handwritten list of guns, ammunition, and their prices.
Dunmore, Pa. Four teenagers have been charged with plotting to attack a Pennsylvania high school in 2024 on the 25th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.
A 15-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been charged as adults and two other teenagers face juvenile charges in planning to attack Dunmore High School outside Scranton on April 20, 2024, officials said. Investigators said the girl’s mother told police her daughter was “obsessed with Columbine,” The Times-Tribune Reported on Friday.
“As the investigation continues, I want to assure 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 in a statement. “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.” “
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Investigators found handwritten lists of guns, ammunition, and tactical gear with a Molotov cocktail, components for the bomb, writing on how the bomb was made, and prices, investigators said in a criminal complaint.
The girl’s mother and defense attorney Corey Eigen declined to comment, while the other teen charged as an adult had no lawyer during Friday’s hearing, the Times-Tribune reported. Powell declined to comment on the juvenile allegations.
Investigators said in the complaint that the mother of one of the teens discovered text messages on her child’s cellphone on July 6, in which a group discussed a plan to “shoot down the school.” The teen told investigators that he thought it was hazy until he saw 20 to 30 Molotov cocktails under the girl’s porch.
Dunmore School superintendent John Marichak told the newspaper he was shocked but relieved by the arrest. A statement on the district’s website said officials had assured officials that “there is no current threat to students or staff.”
Principal Timothy Hopkins, who was one of the officers targeted, said he knew the two teenagers as adults and described them as calm children who were not upset. He said he had no idea why they would try to harm him other than his position as principal.
“It’s a little disturbing to find out that something like this was being hatched,” he told the Times-Tribune.
Two teenagers charged as adults were taken to the Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center following their Sept. 16 charge on 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 has been set for October 4.