Juvenile charges have been filed against a New Jersey fifth grader whom police say was plotting to use “sophisticated weapons” to carry out an elaborate attack against his classmates.
The fifth-grader from Wall Township reportedly created a hit list of 40 students around his age and was planning to carry out a “violent” attack at Wall Intermediate School, similar to the shootings at Columbine and Newtown. But police say he never had access to the kind of weapons he needed to recreate those tragedies.
“There was never any real threat to those students,” Wall Township Police Lt. John Brockriede told The News. “He wasn’t capable of carrying out anything that he put down.”
No one in the fifth-grader’s immediate family owns firearms, Brockeriede said. A distant relative does own guns, but had no recent contact with the child.
Due to his age, officials are not revealing the student’s identity. The student did not enter Wall Intermediate School with his classmates this fall. Instead, he was placed in an “alternate program,” Brockriede said.
The fifth-grader was suspended from Central Elementary School in April after school officials learned about his intentions. Wall police worked on the case throughout the summer and recently seized the student’s computer.
On it, they found a list of 40 students who were identified only by their first names. The targets were around the same age as the student, but investigators aren’t sure what prompted the student to name those specific people.
Police worked with school officials to track down the students on the list and informed their parents about the threat during a meeting on Sept. 4.
Police have “enhanced” security around the town’s schools, Brockriede said.
“The matter is firmly under control by the law enforcement officials and no present threat exists,” District Superintendent Stephanie Bilenker said in a press release.
SMH. Well we’re glad they got a handle on this early and were able to prevent anything from happening. These kids parents better keep a better eye on him from now on!