Six seventh-grade boys, out for revenge because they were being picked on, were in custody Saturday in North Pole, Alaska, on suspicion they plotted to bring guns and knives to school and kill teachers and students they didn’t like, reports the Anchorage Daily News. The plan was foiled by a tip from a concerned parent, who had heard about the murder plot from a child.
Meanwhile, USA Today reports that some experts are concerned that a spate of recent threats of school violence may be part of a trend. The 10 such incidents in the past two months include a plot that was disrupted last week in Riverton, Kan., and another in Gulf Shores, Ala. Kenneth Trump, president of a national school security consulting service, said the recent incidents track an increase in “aggressive behavior” at schools in the past three years. “The good news is that schools and law enforcement are getting better at preventing these kinds of incidents,” Trump said.