Teen Arrested in Calif. for Drawing Up Hit List of Students to Kill

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 11:38 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A California teen was arrested Monday night for compiling a "hit list" of 15 fellow students he allegedly intended to kill.

The 16-year-old suspect, an unidentified sophomore at Orange County's Nova Academy Charter School, reportedly revealed his murderous plot to his ex-girlfriend via email. The girl immediately alerted school officials Monday night, leading administrators to cancel Tuesday classes, shut down the campus, and contact the Santa Ana Police, CBS Los Angeles reported.

"Last night two students went to the principal, provided [her] with some documentation of what was going on. She immediately did the right thing [and] called the police department," Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told CBS Los Angeles. "We came out, investigated, they interviewed the male student and based on the information that we got from the interview and the evidence the officers obtained, they arrested him."

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In the email, the student apparently told his ex-girlfriend that he was going to recruit other students to help him carry out the attack, the Los Angeles Times noted.

The plot to kill 15 students reportedly stemmed from years of bullying the potential shooter suffered at the hands of his peers. In his email, the student reportedly told his ex-girlfriend that he was "tired of being bullied."

Authorities did not recover any weapons from the youth when he was placed under arrest. He is currently being held at a juvenile detention center. No other students were implicated in the alleged school shooting plot.

According to CBS Los Angeles, police will maintain a presence at the school as a precaution along with the school's own security, which they hired after the threat.

"Our community is about taking care of our families, and that's what we pride ourselves in doing, and in doing the right thing," school Principal Renee Lancaster told CBS. "We want this student to get some help, if needed, and we care about him, just like we care about every student here."

The families of students who were named on the hit list were informed by authorities of the potential threat on Monday, the Los Angeles Times noted.

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