Authorities thwart suspected Columbine-style attack in Placerville
April 8, 2005
PLACERVILLE (AP) – Authorities have arrested two El Dorado High School students for planning a Columbine-style attack on the foothill campus.
Two 16-year-old boys were arrested March 29 on suspicion of making criminal threats after a search turned up hand-drawn diagrams and other evidence, according to El Dorado County District Attorney Gary Lacy.
Although no weapons were found, Lacy said he has charged the two students with conspiracy to commit murder and is also considering charging them as adults, depending on the outcome of further investigation. The two suspects were not identified, but are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in El Dorado Superior Court on April 25.
Few details about the case were released, but authorities told The Sacramento Bee that other students overheard the two Pollock Pines boys planning to bring guns to the school. Students at the high school told the newspaper that the two boys were loners who appeared largely disinterested in school.
In January, two 16-year-old Elk Grove students admitted to planning a 2003 attack on their high school. The unnamed boys drew maps of the Elk Grove school cafeteria and planned to carry rifles and pistols to school in a guitar case, prosecutors said.
Both were sentenced to the Sacramento County Boy’s Ranch.