Threats in the wake of Chardon

It seems that the threats against schools has leaked out of Ohio in the wake of the Chardon High School shooting and have affected other areas around the country as well. Here’s a sampling…

Two Attleboro men arrested for threatening “Columbine-style” attack at high school:

In Attleboro, Massachusetts 18-year-old Natick Sands and 20-year-old Ryan Ringuette were both arrested for allegedly discussing an attack against Attleboro High School on their Facebook pages.

On a Facebook page bearing Sands’s name, the most recent status update, posted this morning, read “and people wonder why i [sic] talk about random killing sprees all the time… FED UP.”

A posting on the page bearing Ringuette’s name replied, saying “im with u [sic]” and “columbine ove [sic] again.”

Ringuette allegedly graduated from the school in 2011. When I graduated from high school it ceased to exist in my mind. Why do these losers continue to hang on to it after they’ve graduated?

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Siloam Springs student arrested after alleged school shooting threat on Twitter:

A 16-year-old female student of Siloam Springs High School in Arkansas was arrested for allegedly posting a Columbine-like threat on her twitter account.

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Student Arrested, Accused Of Threatening To Shoot Up School:

At Menomonee Falls High School in Wisconsin 17-year-old Lewis Summit was arrested for verbally threatening a school shooting.

In the criminal complaint, he’s quoted telling a teacher and a police officer that, “Teachers better be getting off of this, or it’s going to be like Columbine up in here. I’ll be spraying kids.”

Another quote in the same article shows that people are still not getting it…

“You never really hear about that, like, here. You never think (about it in) a small town like Menomonee Falls, but it’s a big thing,”

Out of all the school shootings that I’ve posted about over the past dozen years none of them happened in a big city. They all happened in small towns where people thought ‘it can’t happen here’.

This threat actually happened in January so it doesn’t fit the Chardon timeline but I thought I would include it for the ‘can’t happen here’ quote.

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UPDATED: Student threatens ‘shooting rampage’:

19-year-old Alexander Song was arrested for allegedly threatening a shooting at the University of Maryland. Song is said to have posted the following on reddit and Omegele (a Chat-Roulette clone)…

“I will be on a shooting rampage tomorrow on campus,” “stay away from the Mall tomorrow at 1:30” and “hopefully I kill enough people to make it to national news,”

He was placed into psychiatric custody.

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When a major school shooting happens there are always copycat threats that come right after it. Unfortunately that’s nothing new.

Someone will inevitably say that these kids were just ‘crying out for help’ and you know what? I don’t care. If you’re going to cry out for help get an ill thought out tattoo, or dye your hair green, or get your face pierced 152 times where your earlobes are stretched out to where they can hold a roll of duct tape. But when you break the law like this you go to jail. It’s as simple as that.