Two teenagers researched bomb making, attempted to buy a shotgun and even set a date for a deadly attack on students and teachers at the high school where one had been a student, police said Friday.
A 17-year-old former Connetquot High School student and his 16-year-old girlfriend were arrested on conspiracy charges after authorities uncovered their plans to attack the school, Suffolk County police said Friday.
The boy pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday, while his girlfriend entered a not-guilty plea last week. Both are being charged as adults and could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
Both teenagers tried to buy a shotgun but were turned away because neither was 18, said Suffolk County police Deputy Inspector Michael Shanahan. They were waiting for the boy’s birthday on June 8 to return.
Evidence from the girl’s computer and cellphone showed they’d searched bomb-making and explosives websites, and exchanged text messages in which they discussed plans to buy guns and kill people, police said.