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.