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Students arrested for shooting threat

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013


SAGUACHE — Two male juveniles, ages 14 and 16, were arrested Easter Sunday for allegedly threatening to shoot teachers and students at Mountain Valley School in Saguache.

One boy attends Mountain Valley High School and the other is a student at Moffat School. The older teen was recently released from the Pueblo State Hospital and the younger boy has a history of mental illness. At both schools the teens attended, they were known as loners.

According to a report by Deputy Tyler Harford, the two teens were at the home of adult friends when the younger teen told the women that they were planning to “blow off a teacher’s head and kill as many people as possible,” then commit suicide following the shootings. They also admitted to engaging in Satanic-related practices.

The two boys said they were inspired by the movie Zero Day, based on the school shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton. In the movie, the killers record themselves planning the attack and explain how to make pipe bombs. The movie also explains how the killers conspired to keep their parents from learning about their plans.

The younger teen told the two women to “be prepared.” When Harford spoke to the younger boy’s counselor, she told the deputy that she was very concerned because she thought he could carry out his plans. When the younger teen and his mother were interviewed by Harford, the teen denied he and his friend had made any threats or watched Zero Day. The older teen’s mother would not let her son speak to Harford once he was read his Miranda rights.

The two teens were arrested March 31 as they played basketball at Otto Mears Park in Saguache. They were both charged with false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances, conspiracy to commit false reporting of explosives, weapons or harmful substances and menacing. Both were transported to the Saguache County Jail.

The younger teen was later released on a $2,000 bond and the older teen was transported to the Alamosa Youth Track Detention Center in Alamosa. Harford said the case is still under investigation.

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