Northallerton ‘Columbine-style’ school plot teenagers sentenced

Contents of a rucksack found by officers searching the older boy’s hideout in Catterick Garrison. Picture: NORTH EAST CTU

Contents of a rucksack found by officers searching the older boy’s hideout in Catterick Garrison. Picture: NORTH EAST CTU

A 15-YEAR-old boy who was convicted of plotting a Columbine-inspired shooting at his school in Northallerton has been given a 12-year custodial sentence.

The teenager’s co-defendant, also 15, was given a ten-year custodial sentence after being convicted of the same offence.

The boys, who were 14 when they put together the plot, sat motionless in the dock as they were told the lengths of their sentences.

During their trial, prosecutors claimed that the pair had “hero-worshipped” Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the teenagers responsible for murdering 13 people at Columbine High School, Colorado, in 1999.

In the police interviews that followed their arrests in October 2017, both boys attempted to claim that the plan was nothing more than a fantasy, but in May jurors at Leeds Crown Court convicted them of conspiracy to murder.
Northern Echo

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