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Napa Police Allege Teen Was Planning A School Shooting

Jeffrey Schaub
January 08, 2019 - 12:23 pm
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A 14-year-old Napa boy has been arrested after allegedly planning for a school shooting and threatening to kill a student who knew about his intentions, according to the Napa Police Department. 

Police learned about the plot on New Year's Eve from a River Middle School student although he'd allegedly been warned by the suspect to remain silent. The suspect's arrest was announced on Monday, days after he'd been taken into custody. 

The suspect was allegedly planning to attack the middle school and Vintage High School. Both campuses are part of the Napa Valley Unified School District. 

"I would classify it or characterize it as probably a Columbine-style attack," said Napa Police Chief Robert Plummer, adding that the preparations were in "the early stages of the planning phase."

With the suspect in custody, the police said that they believe there is no threat to any students. 

“We are grateful to Napa law enforcement for their swift investigation and action,”  the school district's Superintendent Rosanna Mucett said. “And just as importantly, we are deeply grateful to the student who reported concerns to an adult, who then contacted police. As a society, we need to be brave, and willing to say something when we see something. That young person may have literally saved lives by speaking up.”

Police claim that they recovered evidence from the suspect's home that showed he was researching how to obtain guns and other weapons. 

Police hailed the student who alerted authorities to the suspect.

"We want to praise the victim for coming forward and talking to their parents and the police," the police statement said. "We believe based on the information collected at this point, this was possibly a tragedy averted and are thankful for the information provided to us."

Authorities have withheld the suspect's name, because he is a minor.