• Teen pleads not guilty to planning mass school shooting in Tumwater

    By: John Knicely


    TUMWATER, Wash. - A 14-year-old boy showed little emotion as he faced a judge in Thurston County Juvenile Court on Monday. The boy's attorney entered not guilty pleas on four felony counts related to a mass school shooting plot.

    Prosecutors said the young man had a hand-drawn map of Black Hills High School and a fascination with the Columbine High School shooters. At his home police found an assault-style rifle, a shotgun, a handgun and access to explosives and ammunition.

    KIRO 7 asked the boy's mother, Maya Blackburn, about the charges after the hearing.

    "No thank you," said Blackburn.

    But she did comment to the judge at a hearing on Dec. 17.

    "My son has had some depression issues and I think this was just a cry for help and attention," Blackburn told the judge.

    The teen underwent a mental evaluation but a judge agreed with his attorney that it won't be allowed in court.

    Prosecutors said the boy told his plan to a friend who tipped off police. The teen is charged with two counts of felony harassment and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm.

    He remains in the Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center. A pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 8.


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