16-year-old Joshua Kyler Hoggan must be some kind of Jedi because he pulled a big ol’ mind trick on the Utah court system and just about everyone else.
Hoggan was the ringleader of a plot to attack Roy High School in Roy, Utah. Prior to his arrest Hoggan took it upon himself to go to Columbine to interview Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis about the tragedy that occurred there. Hoggan planned to attack the school then hijack a small plane and flee the country. He was offended at the time of his arrest when he was compared to the Columbine shooters saying that he was smarter than them and could have been more ‘successful’ than them.
Today Hoggan was sentenced to only 6 months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty. He told the judge that the real reason behind the plot was to bring security awareness to the school. Essentially he says that he was trying to protect the school from an attack.
Upset at being “dismissed” about the dangers of a mass shooting, the teen in January decided to try “a last ditch attempt” to scare teachers and students into awareness, Nickle said, by creating the bomb plot and sending a text to a student who likely would contact school administrators.
“I felt invalidated,” the boy told Second District Court Juvenile Judge Janice Frost. “My initial goal was awareness.”
And it seems the judge and prosecutor fell for that line of crap. Of course we also have the parent with the ‘Not My Kid’ syndrome…
Hoggan’s father, Ron Hoggan, said his son had unsuccessfully tried to raise the topic of school safety with administrators.
“My big thing is there was lots of indicators given to lots of individuals. If attention would have been paid to what he was trying to project, this could have been avoided,” he said. “If you’re not willing to talk to kids when they have fears, then you do invalidate them.”
That’s it. Let’s coddle the psychopath a little bit more. Does anybody really think that the citizens of Roy and students of Roy High school will be any safer in 6 months? Not a chance.
His cohort, 18-year-old Dallin Todd Morgan, has yet to face a judge. Don’t be surprised if the lackey gets more time than the ringleader.