As Oregon residents start to deal with the aftermath of Christopher Harper-Mercer’s horrific actions at Umpqua Community College last week, we were on the verge of yet another mass killing. Authorities in California were called upon to stop four students involved in a shooting plot at Summerville High School in Tuolumne.
USA Today reports that a group of teens were taken into custody on Saturday for conspiracy to commit an assault with deadly weapons after school administrators contacted the sheriff’s department regarding threats made to faculty and staff members. After catching the teens in the middle of securing weapons for the attack, authorities found a list of their targets.
"As each one of them was identified they were removed from campus," Summerville Union High School District Superintendent Robert Griffith said. "Their parents were called." Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele also revealed that the students confessed. According to Mele, they said "that they were going to come on campus and shoot and kill as many people as possible.”
Thankfully, no one was hurt. And because they aren’t yet legal adults, their identities have not been released to the public.