Two school shooting plots were said to have been thwarted in the state of Oklahoma recently. While the alleged plots were unrelated, the two targeted schools were only an hour apart from each other.
The less serious of the two plots was discovered at Sequoyah Public Schools in Rogers County. That plot was said to have involved three eighth-graders who were supposedly upset one of them got detention. According to what information has been released, I don’t think the plot was very serious.
The Sheriff’s Office says it had gotten to the point of the boys making plans for one to get a gun, one to get a bow, and to get on top of the school.
The students were released to the custody of their parents and I haven’t heard of any charges being filed as of yet.
While the threat may not have been credible, it does show how a number of kids who even think about resorting to violence are blaming their own failures on others. This is a trait, in my opinion, that is very common among school shooters and plotters.
The more serious plot was uncovered at Locust Grove High School in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. In that plot, three 15-year-olds were plotting an attack against the school, claiming one of the three had allegedly been bullied. Or are they just using that as an excuse? To me, the trio sound like a bunch of columbiners who were just looking for an excuse to commit a school shooting.
A Facebook post from one of the three students shows the Columbine shooters; another post reads ‘Better run faster than my bullets.”
If you’re not familiar with that particular quote, it’s a lyric from the song “Pumped Up Kicks” by the band Foster The People. The song references a fictional school shooting.
As usual, the columbiners got it wrong. The song isn’t glorifying a school shooting, but according to the band, Mark Foster wrote the song because he wanted to make people more aware of the mental illness that goes unrecognized in a lot of today’s teens.
This was more than just idol worship and posting to social media. The suspects were said to have gone to the school while it was out of session to study the exits and entrances. The trio was also allegedly actively pursuing weapons. They’re all currently in juvenile detention claiming their plot was just a prank. Yeah, never heard that one before.
Again I say to parents, know what your kids are posting on social media. You might find out your kid needs more help than they’re letting on.