(Story broke 4/23/2017)
Two male students of Rappahannock County High School, in Washington, Virginia, were arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot up the school on the anniversary of Columbine. One of the students is 17-years-old while the other is 16-years-old. That means that these kids weren’t even born when Columbine happened, but still they seemed to emulate the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold.
“On April 5, 2017, while at Rappahannock County High School, [Suspect 1] was overheard speaking with at least one other student where he gave a ‘countdown’ stating ‘fifteen more days,’ indicating the number of days left until the date of April 20, 2017” — the 18th anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado.
During the same exchange, Suspect 1, who is the 17-year-old, was seen showing a photograph on a cellular device to one if not more students: “The photograph depicted [Suspects 1 and 2] dressed all in black clothing, black hats and wearing sunglasses and [Suspect 2] commented while showing the photograph, ‘I can’t wait for four twenty.”
“When referencing firearms, [Suspect 1] has specifically referenced bringing a ‘Tech 9’ [assault pistol] and ‘M-4’ [assault rifle] to school and has discussed using a twelve (12) gauge shotgun to discharge ‘birdshot’ ammunition down a hallway of the school,” the document states.
Personally, I don’t think these kids were seriously plotting to shoot the school. They sound like a couple of columbiners who were trying to be a couple of badasses. Between the picture with the black clothing and the one suspect talking about a Tec-9, this was nothing more than two kids cosplaying as school shooters. (A Tec-9 is one of the guns that was used at Columbine.)
Does that mean I think they shouldn’t be prosecuted? Not at all. This isn’t funny and it shouldn’t be treated lightly. As of 6/6/2017, the 17-year-old is being charged as a juvenile and the trial is set for the 14th. No word on the potential sentence but if he ends up being held until his 21st birthday I’d be ok with that. A 3 1/2 year stint in juvie could do wonders in changing his attitude about the cowards of Columbine.