A school attack in Maryland was thwarted by police after a timely crime.
A 16-year-old boy had plans to kill students with guns and bombs, according to Reuters. The 10th grade student was arrested after a series of car break-ins on Saturday. Police arrived at his home to question him when he showed them a handgun and a couple of homemade devices, believed to be bombs. The boy reportedly revealed that he wanted to kill people and that he was planning a school massacre.
"The boy planned to take three crude, homemade bombs and a handgun to the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson," the Baltimore County Police Department said in a statement.
The school attack in Maryland was avoided and the boy's want to "kill" people isn't being taken lightly. The teen has been evaluated and is staying at a juvenile justice facility while he awaits his court date. It's unknown if the boy has mental issues or if he has obtained a lawyer.
"The boy was sent for a psychiatric evaluation and is being held at a juvenile justice facility. He has been charged as a juvenile with several counts including possession of a destructive device, theft and a handgun violation," reports Reuters.
According to WTAE Pittsburgh, police believe that the boy was acting alone. Baltimore County Public Schools are cooperating with police at this time. The teen's parents have not spoken to the media or released any kind of statement. It is unknown if they are involved in the investigation.
With the many school shootings reported over the past couple of years, one can imagine just how incredible it is that this teen was caught. Had he been successful in carrying out his plans, many lives could have been lost.
News of the planned school attack in Maryland comes one week after four people were killed in a school shooting in Washington. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit was the fourth person to die after shooter Jaylen Fryberg opened fire at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Fryberg was described as a "popular student," and many do not understand why he chose to bring a gun to school and kill his classmates. He later turned the gun on himself.
School shootings are hard to predict, but when a student gets in trouble beforehand -- like in the Maryland school case mentioned above -- police act swiftly. Many shootings have been thwarted by police over the years, but many, sadly, have not.
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