New details emerge in the case of the two teenagers from Lady Lake, Florida who planned a school shooting. Police documents and interviews revealed disturbing details about the planned assault. The two teenagers were arrested, charged with conspiracy to commit murder, and transported to a juvenile assessment center, awaiting trial. The State’s Attorney Office declared that, given the circumstances, the teenagers might be tried as adults.
Captain James Haworth of Sumter County’s Sheriff’s Office offered more details in the case of the 13-year-old and 14-year-old adolescents who were planning a school shooting. The police official declared that their target was the Villages Charter Middle School, and the shooting was planned to commence on the 27th of January.
Haworth also revealed that the 13-year-old was overheard, on more than one occasion, by students and teachers talking about the perspective of a school shooting. Moreover, the 13-year-old student also shared his intention to shoot the teachers and some of the students and asked them to wear white shirts so that he would recognize them.
However, Haworth said that the reason why the student asked his fellow classmates to wear white shirts is far more sinister. During his interview, the teenager admitted that he asked some of his colleagues to wear white because red always goes well with white.
After interviewing the two teens, the law enforcement officers also discovered that during classes, one of them was going to deliberately drop a pencil on the floor, to signal the start of the massacre.
The investigation also revealed that one of the two teens involved in the school shooting had several issues, complaining that he’s depression and that he often has suicidal thoughts. However, the investigators are waiting for the medical specialists to establish if the students had mental issues.
Haworth also said that when the teenagers were arrested, the law enforcement officers could not find any concealed weapons. However, a minute search of the teens’ houses revealed several firearms including a semi-automatic gun, a semi-automatic handgun, smaller pistols hidden in a safe, and a semi-automatic rifle.
It would also seem that the teens had many clashes with the school’s faculty, including a recent one during Holocaust presentation. The students were reprimanded by the school’s faculty after they arrived at the presentations with Nazi symbols drawn on their arms.
Haworth concluded his press interview by stating that this was not a joke and that this could have turned into a tragedy if the teens were not discovered.
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