A week after the Saugus High School shooting, a 13-year-old student of Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in Los Angeles County was arrested for allegedly plotting a school shooting. Students at the school reportedly heard the suspect threaten a school shooting. They informed teachers who contacted law enforcement.
When police the student’s home they reportedly found a hand-drawn map of the school along with a list of names that could potentially have been targeted. Oh yeah, they also found an unregistered AR-15 with a high capacity magazine and loads of ammunition.
Also arrested was a 19-year-old male relative of the 13-year-old who was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm. He was being held on $35,000 bail.
When there’s a major school shooting like the one at Saugus High School, it’s not unusual for would-be copycats to sprout up in the same region. The unincorporated part of Los Angeles County that Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School is in is only 45 miles from Santa Clarita where the Saugus High School shooting took place.
You know, a lot of people say that guns don’t cause school shootings and to an extent, I agree. But when kids are being raised in a home where guns are prevalent it shouldn’t come as a surprise when gun violence is their only solution to whatever perceived slight they may have received at school.