Sunday, October 31, 1999

Teens accused of plot to recreate Columbine




The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — The teen-agers accused of plotting a deadly attack at their high school laughed about the Columbine massacre and wanted to do the same thing at their high school, a friend says.

        “They started talking about how they hated the world, and they wanted to do the same thing at South High School,” 15-year-old Sarah Jedd said in Saturday's editions of the Plain Dealer. “They said they wanted to be well-known.”

        Four white students have been arrested and seven others questioned in what was described as a racially motivated plot to carry out an attack at predominantly black South High School.

        Mayor Michael R. White closed South High on Friday after the parents of a student tipped off authorities.

        The four teens were charged with two counts of inciting violence and one count each of false alarm, aggravated menacing-ethnic intimidation and inducing panic. Police took two guns from a student's house but did not say where they were found.

        South High will open again on Monday with police officers in the school and hand-held detectors scanning students. The building will be searched before students arrive.

       



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