Crime

Michigan Teenagers Arrested For Plotting School Shootings

| by Daniel Rivera

Three Michigan teenagers have been arrested for plotting a school shooting.

Police arrested 18-year-old Ryan Stevens, and two 15-year-old boys for plotting a massacre at Linden Middle School and Linden High School in Linden, Michigan, NBC 25 reports.

"Wednesday [Oct. 28] the school resource officer intercepted some information — and allegations of that trap. I reviewed the report and forwarded it to the FBI," Argentine Township Police Chief Daniel Allen told NBC 25.

"The info that we've gathered is they had access to weapons and they were planning to purchase weapons as well."

A neighbor of Stevens, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was not surprised of his involvement.

"After I read the article this morning he was the first person I thought of. You know the way they act and behave that we've watched and have been very uncomfortable with in our neighborhood," she said.

Following the incident, Linden Community School released a statement:

"After becoming aware of the information, we worked with law enforcement, and within our district's emergency procedures, to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The quick actions of our administrative staff, and law enforcement officials, helped to keep our schools out of harm's way. Based on the information we were given, and communication with law enforcement, it was decided that the situation did not call for a 'secure-mode' or 'lock down.' The investigative process is in the hands of law enforcement; we will continue to correspond and cooperate with law enforcement as new information is discovered."

All three suspects face felony charges.

According to a 2013 FBI report, there have been 160 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, resulting in 1,043 casualties.

Sources: NBC 25, FBI / Photo credit: Genesee County Jail