Four students were arrested in Tuolumne, CA on allegations the teens planned to attack the neighborhood high school and kill teachers and students in what might be seen as a copycat to massacre in Roseburg, Oregon.
Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele told the AP that plans for the attack were in the early stages but were “very detailed in nature and included the names of victims, locations and methods in which the plan was to be carried out.”
“They were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible on the campus,” Mele said. “It is particularly unsettling when our most precious assets —which are our students, their teachers — are targets for violence.”
Authorities said the plot was in the beginning stages and no students or adults were hurt. Mele said he wanted to emphasize that there is no current danger to students or staff at the high school and the department is confident they have all the suspects involved in custody.
“I believe, with all my heart, the reason we were able to stop this was because we have a level of trust within our community,”
Mele said the four students, all male, have admitted to the plot, which was scheduled to take place during a school event, according to KCRA.
The high school massacre was thwarted when fellow students suspected something from the teens and alerted police who began investigating on Wednesday.