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    SE Kansas Columbine wannabes?

    This is already making the national wires:

    RIVERTON, Kan. (AP) — Five teenage boys accused of plotting to kill other students in a shooting rampage at their high school were arrested Thursday after details of the alleged scheme appeared on the Web site MySpace.com.
    Sheriff’s deputies found guns, ammunition, knives and coded messages in the bedroom of one of the suspects, Sheriff Steve Norman said.
    Norman said he would ask prosecutors bring charges of conspiracy to commit murder against the young men, ages 16 to 18.
    He said officials at Riverton High School began investigating on Tuesday after learning that a threatening message had been posted on MySpace.com.
    The message discussed the significance of April 20, which is Adolf Hitler’s birthday and the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School attack in Colorado, in which two students killed 13 people and committed suicide, the sheriff said.
    “The message, it was brief, but it stated that there was going to be a shooting at the Riverton school and that people should wear bulletproof vest and flak jackets,” Norman said.
    School officials identified the student who posted the message and talked to several of his friends, Norman said.
    Meanwhile, a woman in North Carolina who had chatted with one of the suspects on Myspace.com received a list of about a dozen potential victims and notified authorities in her state, who contacted the sheriff’s department, Norman said.
    Norman said that the potential victims were popular students and that the suspects may have been bullied.
    “I think there was probably some bullying, name calling, chastising,” he said
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    Police: MySpace foils school shooting


    RIVERTON, Kansas (AP) -- Five teenage boys accused of plotting a shooting rampage at their high school on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre were arrested Thursday after a message authorities said warned of a gun attack appeared on the Web site MySpace.com.

    Sheriff's deputies found guns, ammunition, knives and coded messages in the bedroom of one suspect, Sheriff Steve Norman said. Authorities also found documents about firearms and references to Armageddon in two suspects' school lockers.

    "What the resounding theme is: They were actually going to do this," Norman said.

    Four suspects were arrested at their homes; the fifth was taken into custody at the school. None of the names of the teens, ages 16-18, were released.

    Attorney General Phill Kline, whose office took over the prosecution at the request of the county attorney, said charges are likely to be announced Friday, when the suspects are expected to appear in court.

    No decision has been made on whether to charge the four suspects younger than 18 as adults, he said.

    Deputies' interviews with the suspects indicated they planned to wear black trench coats and disable the school's camera system before starting the attack between noon and 1 p.m. Thursday, Norman said. The suspects apparently had been plotting since the beginning of the school year.

    Officials at Riverton High School began investigating on Tuesday after learning that a threatening message had been posted on MySpace.com, he said.

    The message discussed the significance of April 20, which is Adolf Hitler's birthday and the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School attack in Colorado, in which two students wearing trench coats killed 13 people and committed suicide, the sheriff said.

    "The message, it was brief, but it stated that there was going to be a shooting at the Riverton school and that people should wear bulletproof vests and flak jackets," Norman said.

    School officials identified the student who posted the message and talked to several of his friends, Norman said.

    But Riverton school district Superintendent David Walters said the significance of the threat didn't become clear until Wednesday night, after a woman in North Carolina who had chatted with one of the suspects on Myspace.com received more specific information that there would be about a dozen potential victims, at least one of whom was a staff member. She notified authorities in her state, who contacted the sheriff's department, Norman said.

    Norman said that the potential victims were popular students and that the suspects may have been bullied.

    "I think there was probably some bullying, name calling, chastising," he said. He also said investigators had learned the suspects were computer buffs who liked violent video games.

    MySpace.com -- a social networking hub with more 72 million members -- released a statement declining to discuss the case because of the investigation, adding that it has provided users with mechanisms to report inappropriate content.

    Kline said school would resume Friday. About 900 students in all grades attend the campus.

    Riverton is an unincorporated area of about 600 people along what once was the famed Route 66 in southeast Kansas, near the Oklahoma and Missouri borders.

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    That in your town?

    Ya know it would be decent if they left the myspace reference out. Now kids will just make sure not to post their plans or tell anyone on there. When used right, that site is killer for intel.
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    No its not in my town its in a town about an hour away from me very small town smaller than the town I work for. I actually went to the academy with two guys that are on the Cherokee SO and another guy that is on the Cherokee PD out there. I have sent an email to them so, I am hoping for some good info from them.
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