Two Florida teenagers are behind bars today after city authorities in Fort Myers, on the west coast of the Florida peninsula, discovered that they had concrete plans to carry out a mass shooting at his middle school, which would have been comparable to the murders carried out on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the city of Parkland in South Florida, where 17 people died (14 students and 3 school employees).
The incident occurred at Marsh Middle School. A student told a teacher that one of the now detained had a gun in his backpack. School authorities immediately intervened and determined that the student was working in conjunction with another student. The minors, two boys aged 13 and 14, are now detained in a juvenile prison facing conspiracy charges to carry out a mass shooting.
“This could have been the new Parkland massacre, but we managed to stop everything when it was in the planning period, “he told the local press. Carmine Marceno, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, about two hours west of Parkland.
When reviewing the belongings of the minors, they did not find weapons, but they did find a map of the school where the security cameras were marked.. Young people are classmates from the eighth grade of school.
When the police intervened, they discovered that the children were studying in detail how the Columbine massacre had occurred in 1999. Back then, two students entered Littleton, Colorado, high school armed, killing 12 students and a teacher. The Fort Myers students had details of what the Columbine killers’ operation had been like.
As part of the plan, the minors were investigating how building homemade boobies and how to get guns on the black market. A pistol and several hunting knives were found in the home of one of the children.
As they are minors, their identities are kept confidential. But the police gave details of the families, at the home of one of the minors, police officers have visited the home at least 80 times in recent years for various violent incidents.
While awaiting the first hearing for the youth, the department of corrections will put them under psychological evaluation.
Lee County Superintendent of Schools, Ken Savageconfirmed that the rest of the school’s students were never at imminent risk.
“I want to thank Chief Carmine Marceno and his team for acting so quickly and keeping our students and employees safe,” said Savage.
In this type of case where the aggressors are minors, judges have the discretion to decide whether young people will be tried as minors, which would shorten their sentences, or as adults. In situations in which a homicide did not take place, they are hardly judged as older.