- Authorities arrested two Florida students for allegedly planning a mass shooting.
- The two arrested Florida students are 13 and 14 years old.
- According to the police, both had accumulated weapons, ammunition and knives.
What could have been a tragedy was stopped in time. Two Florida students were arrested for allegedly planning a mass shooting for which they had already stockpiled guns, ammunition and knives, authorities said.
The newspaper Daily Mail reported on Monday, Sept. 13, that two Florida middle school students were ordered to remain in a juvenile detention center after they allegedly planned to carry out a mass shooting similar to the tragic 1999 Columbine massacre.
Two 13 and 14-year-old Florida students are captured
Phillip Byrd, 14, and Connor Pruett, 13, who are eighth graders at Harns Marsh Middle School, in Lehigh Acres, near Fort Myers, Florida, appeared in front of a judge Sunday morning. , indicated the referred medium.
The judge ordered that the two teenagers be held for at least 21 days in a juvenile detention center. The school administration took the incident seriously when they found Byrd and Pruett with a map of the school on which each of the security cameras had been marked.
The two students were studying the Columbine massacre
After alerting Lee County Police, detectives discovered that the boys were thoroughly studying the Columbine shooting, trying to learn how to build a pipe bomb, and investigating how to buy guns on the black market.
Police also searched the homes of the two Florida students and found guns, ammunition and several knives, the Daily Mail reported Monday when it published the report of what could have become a fatal event.
They charged the two Florida students
Despite the evidence, Byrd’s mother, Carrie Tuller, burst into tears as she defended her son during the court hearing on Sunday. “He’s just a little boy. He didn’t think this was really serious. I didn’t think they were serious ”, expressed the mother in consternation.
The Daily Mail said the two Florida students were detained Thursday for a mental health evaluation and taken into custody on Saturday. Both are charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting.
They will remain in a juvenile detention center
Both were ordered not to have contact with school personnel or students and were required to stay off the school grounds. They will be held in a juvenile detention center and their next court date is set for September 27 at 9:00 a.m., according to the local news station. WINK.
Following the arrest of the two Florida students, Lee County Superintendent Kenneth Savage tweeted: “To the heroes @HarnsMarshMS, THANK YOU! His actions saved lives and for that @LeeSchools is eternally grateful. All the honor to @SheriffLeeFL and the staff-students who intervened ”.
They appreciate having prevented a tragedy
Max Schachter, whose son Alex was 14 when he was killed in the Parkland shooting in 2018, praised the swift actions of authorities that prevented another tragedy from happening like the one that killed his son back then, according to the Daily. Mail.
That victim’s father tweeted: “@DrKenSavage @LeeSchools my son was killed in the Parkland school shooting. Please thank Principal Alex Dworzanski for his attention to the safety of @HarnsMarshMS students yesterday. Great job!”.
One of his classmates alerted of an alleged weapon in class
According to the Daily Mail report, the two teens’ alleged plan to carry out the mass shooting was discovered after students tipped off an eighth-grade teacher on Wednesday that one of their classmates had a gun in his backpack. .
The school resource officer and administration were alerted to the potential threat which later led to the police launching an investigation. They did not find a weapon in the student’s backpack, but they did find a map of the school that had each of the security cameras in the building marked.
“Disturbing evidence” found in the homes of the two Florida students
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said police also discovered other “disturbing evidence” after they conducted a search of the homes of the young suspects, where they located weapons, ammunition and several knives.
In a press conference quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper, Sheriff Carmine Marceno added that detectives also discovered that the two students were interested in the Columbine High School shooting.
They learned how to make homemade explosives
“They were studying hard to learn more about the incident and the gunmen. Detectives also learned that the students were trying to learn how to build tube bombs and how to buy firearms on the black market, ”the sheriff said.
The Daily Mail recalled that the Columbine High School massacre was a shooting and attempted bombing that occurred on April 20, 1999 in Columbine, Colorado. The two gunmen, 12th graders Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 18 and 17, murdered 12 students and a teacher and later committed suicide. It was the deadliest high school mass shooting in the United States until 2018, when 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which is approximately 120 miles from Lehigh Acres.
Sheriff is confident that the capture of the two Florida students prevented a mass shooting
Sheriff Carmine Marceno mentioned that he is certain that police intervention prevented another deadly school shooting from occurring and emphasized: “This could have become disastrous. We were a second from a Columbine here. ”
He added: “I am confident that my team of dedicated agents and detectives acted promptly, investigated thoroughly and prevented a very violent and dangerous act from taking place. This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we stopped them in the planning stages. ”
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