Teenage boys 'plot to carry out school shooting' foiled by teaching staff

Phillip Byrd and Connor Pruett allegedly planned a school shootout after investigating the Columbine massacre. Staff at her Florida school responded to concerns from other students that one had a gun and found a map of the school with markings showing where surveillance cameras are located

Florida teenagers arrested after allegedly plotting mass shootings

Two teenage boys allegedly planned a mass shooting at their school.

Phillip Byrd, 14, and Connor Pruett, 13, planned to conduct the shootout that would mirror the 1999 Columbine massacre at Harns Marsh Middle School near Fort Myers, Florida, where they are studying.

They were caught before they could commit the terrible crime when the school administration found the teenagers with a map of the school marked with their surveillance cameras.

The Daily Mail reports that the alleged conspiracy was discovered when students told a teacher that one of their classmates had a gun in his pocket.

The administrative staff was then alerted, which led to an investigation. A weapon was not found, but the map with markings on which surveillance cameras were placed was found.

The teenagers were caught after staff were made aware of rumors that one of them had a gun in his pocket
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Lee County Police were then alerted, and detectives discovered that Bryd and Pruett had studied the Columbine shots thoroughly, trying to learn how to make a pipe bomb and how to buy guns on the black market.

The police also searched their homes and found ammunition, weapons and several knives.

Byrd’s mother, Carrie Tuller, burst into tears while defending her son when he appeared in court on Sunday.

Pictured – Phillip Byrd
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She said, “He’s just a little boy. He didn’t think this was really serious. He didn’t think you were serious.”

Byrd and Pruett were detained Thursday, where they underwent a mental examination before being arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a mass shooting.

Both were ordered not to have any contact with school staff or students and to leave the school premises.

Pictured – Connor Pruett
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They were ordered by a judge to be detained in a juvenile detention center for 21 days.

You will next appear in court on September 27th.

Speaking at a news conference, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said, “Detectives learned that students were interested in the Columbine High School shooting.

“You studied hard to find out more about the incident and the shooters.

Byrd and Pruett wanted to “find out about the Columbine shots”
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“Detectives also learned that students were trying to learn how to make pipe bombs and buying firearms on the black market.

“I am sure that my team of committed agents and detectives acted immediately, investigated thoroughly and prevented a very violent and dangerous act.

“This could have been the next Parkland massacre, but we stopped them at the planning stage.”

Connor Pruett has appeared in court alongside his co-defendant
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He added that the teenagers were “well known” to the police as the officers answered calls in their homes nearly 80 times in total.

Lee County Superintendent Kenneth Savage tweeted after her arrest, “To the heroes @HarnsMarshHS, THANK YOU! Your actions have saved lives and for that @LeeSchools are forever grateful.

The father of a 14-year-old boy killed in the Parkland shootings in 2018 paid tribute to the actions that prevented Byrd and Pruett’s plans.

Police said they already knew the boys after being called to their homes a total of 80 times
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Max Schachter, whose son Alex was killed in the shootings, tweeted: “@DrKenSavage @LeeSchools my son was murdered in the shootings at Parkland School. Please thank Headmaster Alex Dworzanski for his attention to the safety of @ HarnsMarshMS students yesterday. Great job! “

The shooting at Columbine occurred in Colorado in April 1999. Protect, Eric Harris, 18 ,. and Dylan Klebold, 17, murdered 12 students and a teacher and then committed suicide.

It was the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. high school until 2018, when 17 people were killed in a Florida high school.

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