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(CNN) - The Washington Police arrested a high school student who would have been planning a plot against his school after his mother found newspaper entries detailing his plans and alerted the authorities.
The 17-year-old's newspaper contained information about an attack the student was planning at College Place High School on April 20, 2020, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, said College Place Police Department in a press release.
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Twelve students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. The shooting remains one of the worst mass shootings in US history, as well as one of the deadliest episodes of school violence.
Police officers detained the student without incident on Tuesday after he returned home from school, police said. He was admitted to the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center for harassment and serious threats to bomb or injure property, police said.
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"The mother was very emotional and loves her son," said CPPD chief Troy Tomaras, who praised the teenager's mother for calling the police. “It was not an easy thing to do, but it was the right thing to do. The mother wanted to prevent others from getting hurt and wants her child to get the help she needs. ”
The school resource officer also participated in the investigation and alerted school officials to the incident immediately. The school had already finished the day at the time of that report, police said.