2 Troy High students suspected of plotting Columbine-style school shooting, police say
Two Troy High School students were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of plotting a shooting at the Fullerton campus, one they described to investigators as planned to be more deadly than the infamous Columbine shooting, police say.
The two boys, both 16 and whose names were not released because they are juveniles, were overheard discussing plans to “shoot up” the school while attending an athletic event Tuesday evening, said Sgt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department. The boys also discussed firearms, police said.
Principal William Mynster spoke to students over the school’s PA system Thursday morning, tell them police “are confident the people involved are now in custody. You are safe at Troy High School.”
The person who overheard the discussion secretly took a photo of the students and spoke with Troy’s school resource officer on Wednesday morning, police said. The students had described their planned attack as being “bigger than Columbine,” referring to the 1999 high school shooting in Colorado in which two students killed 12 classmates and one teacher, police said.
Troy, one of six high schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, is a magnet school located near Cal State Fullerton and has more than 2,600 students, according to a fact sheet on the institution.
The officer spoke with Troy High and Fullerton Joint Union High School administrators, who identified the boys from the photo. Multiple officers interviewed the students on campus Wednesday and both students made comments similar to those overheard at the sporting event, Radus said.
Investigators discovered the boys had researched school shootings, including Columbine, and weaponry as recently as Tuesday, the statement said.
It’s like the qualified experts have said for a long time, giving inordinate and the wrong kind of publicity to these kinds of events and much of any kind of publicity to their perpetrators only serves to fuel more of them.