TACOMA, Wash. – Pierce County prosecutors will not charge a student who allegedly tried to recruit multiple students in planning a Columbine-style shooting at Aylen Junior High School in Puyallup.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Fred Wist said investigators determined the boy only talked about committing a crime, and that is not a crime. Wist said the county was pleased Puyallup police and the school district took the incident seriously.
Puyallup police said the 14-year-old boy had attempted to recruit as many as seven other students to participate in the attack, including six boys and a girl. One of those boys reported it to school administrators after the student allegedly asked him to do the Columbine-style shooting with him.
School administrators contacted police, who went to the student's home last Thursday. Once police determined the teen had tried to recruit other students in the plan, they took him into custody and booked him into juvenile hall.
The boy was expelled when he was arrested. KING 5 is attempting to contact the school to find out if the expulsion will be lifted now that no charges will be filed.