Shooting Plot Summerville High School: Deadly School Massacre Plot Derailed, 4 Students Arrested

Heather Tooley - Author

Oct. 5 2015, Updated 8:39 a.m. ET

A shooting plot at Summerville High School in Sonora, California, was derailed, thanks to vigilant students and staff who alerted authorities last Wednesday.

The Modesto Bee reports that the shooting plot for Summerville High School was thwarted after students reported their suspicions. Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele said he was presented with the case after school staff alerted him to the potential massacre. Three students were acting erratically, and their behavior drew attention, which ultimately got them arrested. A fourth suspect was discovered in the middle of the investigation.

Authorities found paperwork that the suspected students had, which indicated their intended targets. Investigators found “evidence verifying a plot to shoot staff and students at Summerville High School.”

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The students who were arrested made confessions to law enforcement about details in their shooting plot for Summerville High School, which was to target specific teachers and students at specific times. They also wanted to kill as many people as possible on campus, Mele said.

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“They were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible on the campus. It is particularly unsettling when our most precious assets —which are our students, their teachers — are targets for violence.”

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All four students — who aren’t being identified since they’re juveniles — were charged on Friday with conspiracy to commit an assault with deadly weapons. They were arrested on Friday afternoon and taken into custody at the Tuolumne County Probation Department.


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