Police: Ex-Students Threatened “Columbine-Style” Attack At Attleboro High

ATTLEBORO (CBS) – Two former Attleboro High School students were arrested Monday for allegedly planning a “Columbine-style” attack on Facebook.

Natick Sands, 18, and Ryan Ringuette, 20 were each ordered on $10,000 bail and will be arraigned on Tuesday in Attleboro District Court.

Sands and Ringuette were arrested after another student who currently attends the school allegedly saw the posts on Facebook.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

A portion of the exchange by the boys on Facebook reads:

Sands: “And people wonder why I talk about random mass killing sprees all the time…FED UP.”
Ringuette: “I’m with you.”
Sands: “One day man.”

Police are asking anyone else with knowledge of the threats to come forward.

“If any other students, parents, the community at large notices any threats like this, they should report it to their local police department,” said Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney.

And that’s exactly what one student did, after reporting the post to a guidance counselor who then called 911. Within hours, the boys were under arrest.

When police read the posts on Facebook, they were stunned.

Ringuette: “Columbine all over again.”
Sands: “Only if I can take the first shots, you know I get **** poppin’.”

Not only a reference to those painful memories from Columbine in 1999, but in this case a specific target is named: a member of the Attleboro police department.

Ringuette: “Then head over to the pool entrance if you haven’t been killed yet…”
Sands: “What you mean? The first person I’d kill is obviously the school cop.”

The former students are now behind bars, and Heagney said parents should feel comfortable sending their children to school.

“The school is safe, parents should feel that the facilities are absolutely safe to bring the children to,” he said.

The suspects face charges of threatened use of a dangerous weapon at a school, which can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in some cases.

  • Angelia

    I’m currently a student at AHS and I’ve met Ryan. Now its a little scary to think about going to school tomorrow…

  • thor's hammer

    $10,000 is too low a bail. no doubt they should be tried as adults. well punks, nobody in this day & age will buy the soon to be heard nonsense about it was a joke that will no doubt come from your court appointed lawyers that the good people of the commonwealth will have to pay for. may your cells be no more than 4 ft in diameter, maybe 2 hrs a day of electricity, no computer/tv/phone/free education. it constitues a terroristic threat. no 2nd chances. guess the joke’s on you. angelia – your school will be one of the safest places in town tomorrow.

    • gramps

      Judge lowered the bail to $7500.00….

      We need to start electing Judges.


  • emom

    WHY ,,,,, WHY DO KIDS FEEL THE NEED TO PULL SUCH PRANKS,, JOKING REALLY,,,, No kids need some serious calling out about how they behave,,,,, I mean sure kids have been messing around, But I never heard of such events When I was in school…. these entitled kids today feel they can do anything they want,,,, and thus get away with it…. How has this happened,, Where did parents go wrong,,,, Why is it so damn important for kids like this to be noticed or act like a thug,,,, what purpose does it serve… JOKING REALLY,,, a joke would be A Note on someones back,,, You know what I mean,, though that was cruel too… today’s JOKING is more of cruelty verses kidding around… Someone has to stand up to these punks and not allow it to continue,,,,,,,,

  • Heather brum

    What the hell is this world turing info honesly, blame, these parents who dont know abou.$t ur child, (

  • Barrie

    All I can say is, good for Attleboro PD. The entire conversation is right there on the kids facebook page. Less than 11 hours ago the first post was written and the kids were already arrested and charged. Whether or not they were serious, you can’t “joke” about that stuff these days. Punk kids should be in jail for a long long time, but I’m sure they’ll get off on some technicality.


    I am so infuriated with this whole situation. Are they frigging stupid???? I hope they get put away for a long time for this. Oh and thanks for tainting AHS, like we really needed that, after working SO DAMNED HARD to turn it around. Unfortunately these days ONE BAD APPLE DOES RUIN THE WHOLE BUNCH. These two aholes have just made our school look like a ghetto slum school. NOT FAIR TO THE REST OF US. What an absolutely STUPID thing to do.

  • Ron

    I watch Channel 4 news every morning. Great news great coverage. I heard Roby’s coverage of this incident and I have a comment. Roby’s comment made was “adjustment counselor also known as a guidance counselor” These are two positions with two completely different functions and duties. Guidance counselors deal with subject/curriculum matters in dealing with students.Adjustment counselors deal with behavior problems, crisis management etc. with student issues at school and at home. Thanks

    • fred

      Adjustment counselor? I had two when I was in school and they doubled as my parents. When ever a thought of doing something that i knew was wrong would occur to me I would think to myself “What would Mom and Dad think”? Well they would not be too pleased and they would make my life miserable if i were caught. So that pretty much kept me out of trouble (for the most part) and no there was no need for corporal punishment either. Planning a mass murder – that is inconceivable to me. How about getting a job you two losers.

  • dan

    the two have there 15 minutes of fame…now it’s time for 15 years behind bars

  • dan

    and bomb threats also should be automatic jail time

  • Rob Cleary

    Needless Hysteria.

    • petem

      How is this needless? Should the PD have waited to see if they really meant what they wrote? If YOUR kid went to that school would that have worked for you? Wake up man!

  • Big D

    Another reason why I DISPISE facebook and other social media. Not taking anything away from the horrific nature of this situation, but it just keeps proving my point that social media, used inproperly, is hurting our society. It is being used as an outlet for these things. Granted, it is how they were caught, but too many kids are saying whatever they want on these sites and think its ok. It’s not ok! From bullying to threats against schools this is not freedom of speech, but I believe this is the very thing these punks will get off from any jailtime. Unless they admit they themselves made the comments, they cannot be proved guilty. I have had my facebook account hacked a number of times and had comments posted on my page and others without my knowledge. Not saying thats what happened in this case, but it introduces reasonable doubt.

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  • response

    these two people are not KIDS, stop calling them that….they are ADULTS.

  • Timmy

    They are ADULTS Natick Sands, 18 and Ryan Ringuette, 20. But this is kinda stupid. And I was born in 1999.

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