New Jersey Fifth-Grader Facing Charges After Planning School Shooting

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A New Jersey fifth-grader is facing Juvenile charges after police discovered that he was plotting to use “sophisticated weapons” to carry out an elaborate attack against his classmates, according to The New York Daily News.

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 one at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School. Fortunately, police say he never had access to the necessary weapons to pull off an attack of that scale.

“There was never any real threat to those students,” Wall Township Police Lt. John Brockriede told The Daily 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.

The student, who will not be identified because of his age, did not enter Wall Intermediate School with his classmates this fall, instead being placed on an “alternate program,” Brockriede said.

The fifth-grader was suspended from his elementary school in April after school officials learned about his intentions. Wall police worked on the case throughout the summer and recently seized his computer.

That’s where they found a list of 40 students around the same age as they boy, only identified by their first names. The school has notified the parents of all of those children.

According to a press release from the school district:

The Board of Education and the Wall Township Police have already and will be continuing to take additional steps, beyond normal security measures, to ensure the safety of the students involved and every other student in the school system. At this time, the matter is firmly under control by the law enforcement officials and no present threat exists.

Sources: The New York Daily News, Wall Township School District