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Police: Would-be Trinidad High shooter 'idolized the Columbine shooters'

By Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:05:17 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2013 10:10:08 PM CST

Police reveal new details about an alleged school shooting plan being formulated by two teens in Trinidad. Joe Dominguez reports.

TRINIDAD, Colo. -

Trinidad Police arrested two teens Friday they say had begun forming a plan to kill students and teachers at Trinidad High School after the holiday break.

Police and school administrators learned about the plan on Thursday (12/19/13). Trinidad Middle School, Trinidad High School and Fisher's Peak Elementary were placed on lockout while police investigated. The lockout was in place for about 2 and 1/2 hours. It was lifted around 1 p.m.

Investigators learned two students, ages 15 and 16, had a specific plan for a post-Christmas school shooting in place. They say the 15-year-old said he had been bullied and that he idolized the Columbine shooters and the Aurora Theater Shooter.

The teens face charges of interference with a school-credible threat and inciting destruction of life or property.

Those students posted bond and are back home this weekend. They were released to their parents according to Police Chief Charles Glorioso.

"I would hope that the parents take this as a serious threat and take the necessary precautions to keep an eye on these students to make sure they don't get in any further trouble," said Glorioso.

Police said they did not find any weapons on the teens or at their homes but the pair had talked about how to obtain what they needed.

"I believe these two had talked about this enough, had made some initial plans to carry this out," said Glorioso. "I think it's only because of the diligence of my officer [that we stopped it.] He stopped something that could have been pretty serious."

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