佛罗里达青少年被指控策划大规模校园枪击案: 'Second away from a Columbine'

李县警长 Carmine Marceno 说 13- 本周,警长部门的调查发现 14 岁男孩正在制定计划,并被指控共谋大规模枪击事件。 “extensively studying” 的 1999 Columbine High School shooting, when two students killed 12 others and a teacher.

This could’ve turned disastrous. We are one second away from a Columbine here,” 先生. Marceno said during a press conference Thursday.

A teacher at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres, just east of Fort Myers, alerted administrators and the school resource officer Wednesday after students warned that an eighth-grade student might be carrying a gun in his backpack, 官员说. Students were removed from the classroom, and an administrative search uncovered a map of the school with marks indicating the locations of interior cameras but didn’t reveal a firearm, 先生. Marceno said.

Detectives identified another student who was allegedly involved. The investigators uncovered weapons at the boys’ homes, including a gun and knives, and evidence that they were trying to learn how to make pipe bombs and purchase guns on the black market, 当局说.

“在这种情况下, I’m certain that my team of dedicated deputies and detectives acted promptly, investigated thoroughly and prevented a very violent and dangerous act from being carried out,” 先生. Marceno said.

This could’ve been the next Parkland massacre,” 他加了, 指 的 2018 射击 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over 120 miles away in Parkland, 弗拉, 那杀了 17 人. “But we stopped them in the planning stages.

The teenagers both meet criteria for evaluations at a mental health facility, 先生. Marceno said. The sheriff’s department was familiar with the boys already, 他说, and had responded to calls at their homes nearly 80 times altogether.

At the press conference Thursday, Lee County Superintendent Ken Savage thanked students, educators, school staff and the resource officer for responding quickly to the potential threat. A spokesperson for the school district declined to comment further on Friday.

All the threat-assessment and emergency-response training made a difference in the outcome of this incident,” 博士. Savage said.

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