It is terrible that such a plot was conceived, though mercifully discovered in time.
The first school shooting (prior to Columbine) by a student took place in my state, during which a teacher, a sister-in-law of one of my neighbors, was one of those slain. There was another such event at another school after Columbine.
Thus I think it is inappropriate to present the story as a dig at Canada. Such things are a tragedy anywhere they happen.
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Boys plotted to hit Saint John High, police say
Richard Foot, with files by Mike Traikos
CanWest News Service
March 18, 2005
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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Three teenage boys have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to seize control of a school and methodically murder some of its students and teachers.
Police found gunpowder and other material used for making pipe bombs at the boys' homes and believe the youths had practised making bombs.
The boys, aged 15 to 17, were Saint John air cadets and their alleged plot was planned for April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre where 12 students and a teacher were killed.
At a Saint John bail hearing for the two eldest teenagers on Wednesday, police Constable Rick Russell said the boys were plotting a "planned takeover" of Saint John High where one of the boys is a pupil. The other two are from Harbourview High.