Florida 7th-grader arrested for planning school shooting
DeLAND, Fla. - A DeLand Middle School seventh-grader was arrested late Friday and warrants were issued for two others who investigators say threatened to shoot as many students as possible and then kill themselves.
Although the 13-year-olds - two boys and a girl - did not succeed in finding a weapon to carry out their plans, "it wasn't for lack of trying," Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
...Investigators learned late March 5 of what they called a "plot" after one of the teens posted on his MySpace page a picture of a tombstone, satanic references and admiration for the shooters in the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, authorities said.
In instant messages with another teen who had contacted him through his MySpace page, the boy threatened to lock the cafeteria doors during one of the lunch periods and shoot everyone inside. The violence evidently was intended as retaliation for teasing he had endured.
"Everyone will pay for what they did to me," wrote the boy, who pretended online to be 19. "I will kill every person I see. ... The massacre will happen soon." ...