They're all boys, of course. All between 16 and 18 years of age. All arrested Thursday, the anniversary of the Columbine school shootings.
According to the Associated Press:
[S]chool officials learned that a threatening message had been posted on MySpace.com, authorities said.
A Cherokee County Sheriff's deputy drives through the parking lot at Riverton High School, in Riverton, Kan. Friday, April 21, 2006. Boys, ranging in age from 16 to 18, were arrested Thursday ... just hours before they planned to shoot fellow students and school employees, authorities said ...
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Norman said the teens planned to disable the school's security camera system before staging their attack Thursday. Sheriff's deputies found guns, ammunition, knives and coded messages in the bedroom of one suspect and documents about firearms and references to Armageddon in two suspects' school lockers.
Let's see, a teenager in Kansas has guns and ammo -- and knives -- in his room? Yeah, so what's the point? He lives in a town of 600 people in southeast Kansas. People in small towns in the Midwest have guns and knives.
Two other teens had "references to Armageddon" in their lockers. Um-hmm. Could be a Bible. Could be typical angst-ridden teen bullshit.
All of the hype could be true, too. But in the zeal to stop future Columbines from happening, it's too easy to overreact to punks talking smack.