High schoolers charged with plotting terror attack on Columbine shooting anniversary

Four high school students in Pennsylvania were recently charged over planning and plotting an attack on their high school, as we reach the 25 year anniversary of the Columbine shooting on April 20, 2024. 

Two of the accused high school students who attend Dunmore High School were charged as adults due to “the serious nature of the charges.” Meanwhile,the  two other students were charged as juveniles, according to the district attorney’s statement. The school rests in Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania.

The two students who were charged as adults are named Alyssa Kucharski and Zavier Lewis, both of which are only 15. The two were arrested and charged with “unlawful possession or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, terroristic threats with intent to terrorize, aggravated assault, possession of explosive material, and engaging in criminal conspiracy, according to criminal complaints for the two individuals,” per a CNN report on the story. In addition to this, Kucharski was charged with risking catastrophe.

The students planned their attack on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, which occurred on April 20, 1999, where two students armed with guns and bombs opened fire inside Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 13 and wounding 23 others before killing themselves.

The complaint in Lackawanna alleges that Kucharski told police that she first learned about the Columbine shooting when she was around age 11 or 12 and “found it very interesting.” She told the authorities that when she is interested in something, she becomes “obsessed” with it and “planned for Lewis and her to recreate the shooting at their high school with bombs and guns in 2024, the year they were set to graduate” (CNN).




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