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Teen Accused of Planning Columbine-Like Attack

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ABC News: A 15-year-old boy is in custody after being accused of plotting a Columbine-like attack on his high school in Monroe, N.Y.

Police began to investigate the teen over the weekend and obtained additional information that the threat of the attack was credible, according to a statement from the Monroe Police Department.

During a search of the teen's home Monday, the statement said police found bottles containing gasoline, items that could be used as fuses, a torch, a machete, three propane tanks, two computers and even a black trench coat similar to the ones worn by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the teens who killed 12 students and a teacher in Columbine, Colo., in 1999 before killing themselves.

The teen's parents were not aware their son had any of the items found in the search and didn't know of his alleged plan to use them in a violent attack on his classmates and teachers at school, police said.

The 15-year-old allegedly told authorities that he had been bullied and that he had "a lot of hatred" for kids at the school. He also said he was taunted for resembling the Columbine shooter Eric Harris, according to police.

The teen said he was trying to get an assault weapon "that could hold as many rounds as possible" which he allegedly planned to use on April 20, to coincide with the anniversary of the attack on Columbine High School, the statement said.

The boy, who police were not identifying, has been committed to a pyschiatric facility, the statement said.

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carrisima October 22, 2009, 5:27 PM

Ahhhh — Living up yonder for a better life? Peace and quiet at last. As chris rock said be very afraid of the white kids in long black coats entering an elevator — not at the black dudes approaching
Seriously though — public schools are overcrowded in particular the subject school system due to the influx of city dwellers wanting a better life and chosing to live at the county border for conveniece to NYC. Unfortunately, public schools in general and are a cesspool of unruly, uncouth children from homes that may or may not be the same. Children feed on video games and TV.
NO GUARANTEES of course, but I believe in private and parochial education which pretty much guarantees no bullying and an instillment of virtues and values sorely missing from public schools. Ideally, home schooling is a good thing if one has the time for it. It really doesn’t take 7 or 8 hours a day to educate a child. This is a shift system to maintain teachers in the status quo.

Anonymous October 23, 2009, 4:07 PM

He will be out in the future and never be a normal kid. I feel sorry for him and kids like him that don’t have the kind of parents that are involved in their kids’ lives. I mean all that stuff found in his home and they didn’t have a clue. If my kid shuts her door for more than 40 mins Im aware something is up and I am in her room trying to get her to open up.. I talk with her constantly inquiring how her day goes, not only academically but socially.

this kid must be troubled for some time.. Thank G-D he was intercepted and now being treated but I can imagine being committed is not something u spring back from fully recovered

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