Ma. Teen Charged In Plotting Columbine-Like Attack


A Marshfield, Ma., high school junior is under arrest on charges that he plotted a murderous attack against eight students and teachers, mapped escape doors that he planned to padlock, and exploded a handmade bomb in a practice session, the Boston Globe reports. Police said the 16-year-old was possibly timing an attack to coincide with the April 20 anniversary of the school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Detectives searched his house and found detailed, hand-drawn plans of the school, a shopping list that included guns and ammunition, and information from Web sites, including The Anarchist’s Cookbook, that would allow him to “maximize casualties.”

The 16-year-old’s father identified the suspect as Tobin Kerns. He was arrested Sept. 17. He has been charged in Juvenile Court with eight counts of threatening to commit a crime, two counts of promoting anarchy, and one count of attempt to commit a murder. After he was found a danger to the community at a Sept. 30 hearing, he was held without bail for 90 days. Ben Kerns proclaimed his son’s innocence, saying that Tobin was framed by a former friend at high school after a dispute over a girlfriend. Kerns also said that his son was treated for post-traumatic stress for a month this summer for problems stemming from psychological abuse suffered when he was younger.


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