Teen arrested for Columbine-style plot at Puyallup school

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 18 at 7:18 PM

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Puyallup police arrested a junior high school student for allegedly trying to recruit multiple students in planning a Columbine-style shooting at Aylen Junior High School.

Puyallup police said the 14-year-old Puyallup 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 Thursday afternoon. Once police determined the teen had tried to recruit other students in the plan, they took him into custody and booked into juvenile hall. He'll face charges related to conspiracy to carry out an act of violence.

Police said the student did not have a weapon or a hit list, but may have recruited others who had access to firearms. The student made references to "doing a Columbine" at Aylen, though no specific date was determined. Police also seized a computer and cell phones as part of the investigation.

"Any type of threat you have to take seriously," said Capt. Scott Engle, Puyallup Police Department, "and you have to act appropriately, which is what we are doing. In this particular case, this is more than just a threat, andh ence that student was placed under arrest and booked into jail."

Police said two additional students were also considered suspects, but the 14-year-old is the only student in custody. The two others may also face charges.

Aylen Junior High School was open Friday, but Puyallup police will have increased security at the school all day.

Puyallup detectives were questioning other students involved in discussions with the suspect.

The teen was expected to appear in court Friday afternoon.

 

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