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Police Arrested Two Central Florida Teens in Alleged School Shooting Plot



    Students at Florida's The Villages Charter Middle School are being heralded as heroes for speaking up and potentially stopping a school shooting. School officials said they heard rumors Tuesday about a 13-year-old student planning a mass shooting and carrying it out Friday. The middle schooler was taken into custody and admitted to authorities that he and a 14-year-old student were plotting the shooting. When speaking with officers, the two referenced the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 that killed 14 people. Authorities arrested the 13-year-old at his home in Fruitland Park and the 14-year-old at his home in Wildwood. Officers also located weapons at the both students' homes. (Published Monday, Jan. 30, 2017)

    Two teens in have been arrested for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at the central Florida charter school they attend, police said.

    According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, officials from The Villages Charter Middle School became aware of rumors that a student was planning a mass shooting Friday and questioned several students who said they heard the rumors.

    Officials found a 13-year-old believed to be involved and questioned him. During the investigation, they discovered that a 14-year-old student could also be involved in the alleged plot.

    Officers did not find any weapons on either student, but both allegedly admitted to discussing a plot and referenced the Columbine school shooting from 1999 that killed 12 students and a teacher.

    Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

    Both students were arrested Thursday at their homes and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Police found firearms in each home.

    Officials from the school and police say there will be an increased security presence at the school on Friday, but they do not anticipate making any additional arrests.