Within the past few years, I haven’t been posting every single school violence plot or threat, they’re just too numerous. So lately, I’ve only been posting the ones where weapons have been found or if there is some kind of ‘hook’ to the story. And boy howdy is there a hook to this one.
This week, police in Roy, Utah arrested 18-year-old Dallin Todd Morgan and 16-year-old Joshua Kyler Hoggan for allegedly plotting an attack on Roy High School. It seems that Morgan was the lackey in this case, even though he’s been charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction. I haven’t seen what the weapon was, but one could safely assume that it was probably some kind of pipe bomb. Hoggan on the other hand has quite the story.
Police say that the 16-year-old Hoggan had a fascination with Columbine. Fascination is probably an understatement, since Hoggan is said to have flown to Colorado on his own accord to interview Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis. Mr. DeAngelis is the current principal and was principal during the Columbine shootings.
Hoggan isn’t your typical mutant, though. Police say that when they compared him to the Columbine gunmen that Hoggan was insulted, saying that they failed at their main objectives and that he could do more damage than them because of how intelligent he is.
But just because someone is intelligent doesn’t mean they can’t be a dumbass. Police say that part of their plan was to escape by stealing a plane from a local airport and fleeing the country. They are said to have practiced on computer flight simulator programs. First off, it’s not as easy as they think to steal an airplane. It’s not like hot wiring a car and taking it for a joyride. And if they were to get a plane of the ground, the FAA doesn’t take too kindly to criminals trying to flee the country in a stolen plane. Not to mention that any pilot will tell you that flight simulation software is no comparison to actual flight time.
So far, no motive has been mentioned outside of the pair wanting revenge on the world, but as always, I’m sure it will be some selfish and shallow reason.