Authorities took four unidentified students into custody after they uncovered their plan to shoot and kill faculty members and students at Summerville High School, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday.
NBC News reports that the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department says the shooting plot at the school in the Sierra Nevada foothills was in the beginning stages, and no one was harmed.
The Washington Post reports that all the four students who have been arrested by the local police are male students who had been preparing detailed plans about going on a killing spree in their Summerville High School for days.
All suspects were apprehended at their homes on suspicion of conspiracy to commit an assault with deadly weapons.
The teacher immediately told school administrators, who quickly removed the three from their classrooms and called the police.
The names of the suspects will not be released due to the fact that they are juveniles.
Tuolumne, where the school is located, is about 190 kilometres east of San Francisco. People ask after investigators discovered detailed plans for a school massacre in a Californian school.
Authorities found paperwork that the suspected students had, which indicated their intended targets.
At this time I want to reassure the community that there is no further threat to the students or staff.
The teens were in the process of obtaining weapons when they were arrested, according to KCRA.
Trying to figure out the difference between reality and what’s fiction – in addition to bullying and cyberbullying – has something to do with why these kinds of plans keep coming up in the country, Mele surmises.
Eric Hovatter, an assistant district attorney, said charges would be filed going on evidence from an investigation. After the school arrests came to light, parents of concerned students gathered outside the school premises, wondering if it was safe for their children to carry on with their routines in tense times such as these.