What are children being exposed to in today’s society!? Are we becoming so desensitized that even middle schoolers are being arrested for intent to murder?! What is happening??
Three teenagers have been charged with a violent plan to “kill anyone and everyone” at their middle school in Michigan.
Lapeer County Assistant Prosecutor, David Campbell, looked over the letter allegedly written by Gunnar Rice. The chilling words spelled out their plan to exterminate their fellow classmates.
The 14-year-old wrote in detail how they wanted to “exterminate all the [expletive] animals at this school, we’ll kill everyone and anyone of our choosing.”
Another one of the arrested students, Dylan Michael DeAngelis, wrote: “I want them to look at me face to face with their tear-filled eyes staring right into mine while I have a gun pressed into their forehead. We are immortal.”
NY Post reports:
Rice was charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, using computers to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit terrorism and a false report of terrorism. Two other students, Asa Christopher Candela and Dylan Michael DeAngelis, both 15, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, using computers to commit a crime and conspiracy to commit terrorism.
Relatives of all three teens were in the courtroom,reports. The three have been held since late February after one of the students allegedly sent several text messages to a friend specifying the plan to commit “mass murder” at the school, according to Lapeer County Prosecutor Michael Sharkey.
The teens, who face a possibility of life in prison if convicted, were denied bond Monday. A probable cause hearing has been scheduled in the case for Friday.
But an attorney for DeAngelis argued that her client’s writings were protected by the First Amendment, giving him the right to “write down anything that he wants into a notebook.”
“Stephen King is not arrested or incarcerated at the [Genesee Valley Regional Center] and my client shouldn’t be either,” attorney Colleen Starr said in court.
Starr said DeAngelis had perfect attendance and posed no flight risk since he doesn’t have a driver’s license.
“He has no access to weapons,” she said. “He has no access to drugs. He doesn’t even have a cellphone. The police have it now.”
An attorney for Rice claimed the reality of the case was “dramatically different” from the allegations, claiming the only weapon at the teen’s disposal was a Nerf gun that shot rubber pellets.
An attorney for Candela also claimed the charges against his client were “inflated,” telling the court that a lot of the allegations were based on “pure conjecture.”
“There were no weapons that were found or anything of a further conspiracy,” attorney Bernard Jocuns said. “There were no manifestos. There was nothing indicating anything existed of a crime or a meeting of the minds. He should be in school. He should be learning.”
Campbell disputed that assertion, saying Candela had said from the outset that “all of his actions were not a joke.”
“This defendant said we were serious from the very beginning and agreed to all of the conspiracies,” Campbell said.
Jocuns claimed many of those statements were based on an interview with police that has since been destroyed or no longer exists.
It does not matter if they had access to weapons or not. If a person is showing signs of aggression and violence, and literally writing out their intent to murder, then they need to be assessed and taken care of! Children who fantasize about murdering their classmates can grow up to be serial killers, if it doesn’t happen sooner.