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Sheriff: teens planned Columbine-style attack at Hawkins County school

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"Every day it seems somewhere there's a shooting, so I mean it's always in the back of your mind," said Stone. "Every day it seems somewhere there's a shooting, so I mean it's always in the back of your mind," said Stone.
Volunteer students and parents say they're shocked to hear of the planned attack. Volunteer students and parents say they're shocked to hear of the planned attack.
"I actually came to football practice today and this is the first time I have heard about it," said student Jovell Tremblay. "I actually came to football practice today and this is the first time I have heard about it," said student Jovell Tremblay.
ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - Two male juveniles have been arrested in connection with the planning of a mass shooting at Volunteer High School in Hawkins County.

The two have been charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism and possession of explosive components.

At a press conference Friday morning, Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said on October 25, a counselor with Youth Villages Counseling Services alerted authorities a 15-year-old boy had been talking about planning a mass shooting at Volunteer High and to kill as many students and staff as possible.

Deputies obtained a warrant and searched the teen's home, finding several guns, journals, firecrackers, gunpowder and floor plans of the school.

The journals contained a detailed attack plan, according to Sheriff Lawson. This included studies of the maximum amount of students in the lunchroom and hallways, how to block exits, and a plan to eliminate the school resource officer first.

The sheriff said he attempted to recruit other students as well.

Lawson said the teen was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting, looking for mistakes made by the shooters in that case that he planned not to make.

The sheriff's office also identified a second juvenile. Both were discovered in videos on the Internet posted by the two juveniles with shotguns and bombs, and detonating Molotov cocktails within Hawkins County.

Lawson says the two were never a threat to the public and were not present at Volunteer High during the investigation.

Hawkins County Assistant DA Ryan Blakewell says a detention hearing was held for the two juveniles Thursday morning. His office is evaluating further charges and if they will be tried as adults.

One suspect is being held on $75,000 bond with conditions of house arrest and full time adult supervision. He is also prohibited from being on Hawkins County school property. A hearing for the second suspect will be held at a later date.

Both suspects are in state custody. Their names are not being released.


Community reaction

Volunteer students and parents said Thursday night they were shocked to hear of the planned attack.

"I actually came to football practice today and this is the first time I have heard about it," said student Jovell Tremblay.

"It's quite disturbing you know it really hits home," said parent Ricky Stone.

Stone's two sons attend Volunteer High School. He's thankful the authorities were able to stop the plot before tragedy could strike.

"Every day it seems somewhere there's a shooting, so I mean it's always in the back of your mind," said Stone.
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