NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A teenager faces serious charges after an investigation revealed he had studied videos from the Columbine High School shooting before threatening to “blow up” his high school.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports officials began investigating the 15-year-old New Smyrna Beach High School student Sept. 4 after he’d tweeted several threatening messages. He was expelled from school.
Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators found hundreds of pages of text messages, web postings and photos that outlined the teen’s “obsession with death, mass killings and school shootings.”
Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant says the teen wrote that he’d studied the Columbine shooting and admitted to investigators he was planning a bombing and mass shooting.
The teen is charged with four counts of making threats to discharge a destructive device and one count of making written threats to kill or do harm.