I think Mom should be locked up on this one!
Threat at Local School Thwarted
by The Action News Team
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. - October 11, 2007 - A home-schooled teenager is accused of plotting a Columbine-type attack on a local high school. Authorities said he felt bullied, amassed a cache of weapons and tried to recruit another boy for the attack.
During a late morning news conference, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor displayed the weapons that were taken from the teen's home.
The weapons included a 9 mm assault rifle that the teenager's mother had recently bought for him, Castor said. Prosecutors are reviewing her actions.
Police also found about 30 air-powered guns, plus swords, knives, hand grenades, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said. The weapons were plainly visible in the boy's bedroom, Castor said.
The search did not turn up any ammunition for the most dangerous firearm, the assault rifle. Authorities said one grenade was operable and three others were still being assembled.
"I do not think an attack was imminent," said Castor. "I am not certain that an attack was going to occur at all."
"It could have simply been big talking by a kid who thought that he was bullied previously and he was going to exact his revenge," Castor added.
Also on display were two books that the boy had, a copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook" and a copy of "Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf."
While Action News crews were at the school, dozens of students left the school this morning. Parents came to pick up many of them, but school officials say classes were never formally dismissed at the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.
The teen previously attended middle school in the district but had been taught at home for more than a year after voluntarily leaving school, Castor said.
Plymouth Township police searched the home after getting a tip Wednesday from a high school student and his father.
The teen was charged as a juvenile with solicitation to commit terror and other counts and was being held at a youth facility.
The following is the text of an e-mail alert that was sent out from the school district Thursday morning:
" Plymouth Township Police have a 14-year-old boy in custody who was reportedly planning a "Columbine" type event at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS). The youth was not enrolled at the school. Police acted quickly on the tip of a current PWHS student and his father. Police further indicated that the school and its students were never in danger.
Police went to the residence of the student and received consent to search the home. Officer's found various weapons and the juvenile was taken into custody.
Police are confident that the incident is isolated to this individual and no threat to the school and/or students exists.
School District administrators continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of all Colonial School District students and staff.
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