Pennsylvania students charged with alleged plot to attack school on Columbine’s birthday | WJHL
DUNMORE, Pa. (WBRE / WYOU) – Four Pennsylvania high school students have been charged, two as adults and two as minors, with conspiring to carry out an attack on the school on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, Lackawanna County Attorney Mark Powell announced Friday.
Dunmore High School students Zavier Lewis, 15, and Alyssa Kucharski, 15, are being charged as adults due to the seriousness of the threats, DA Powell said.
According to court documents, text messages were discovered between students discussing plans to “shoot the school,” with another student calling “dibs” on a specific victim.
The students wrote that they “hated” Dunmore High School and wanted “everything to be like this,” referring to the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, investigators said.
It was also noted by investigators that the scheduled date chosen by Lewis and Kucharski was April 20, 2024, the 25th anniversary of the shooting.
In text messages to the court affidavit, the students explained that Kucharski made Molotov cocktails as well as homemade explosives in the form of gunpowder and CO2 cartridges. Investigators say another student told them Kucharski had 20 to 30 Molotov cocktails on the porch of his house.
Court documents say the student’s plans were to use bombs first and then fire guns. They even created a title for the planned attack, say investigators: “Natural Born Killers.”
Kucharski told a student she was also going to buy gas masks, bulletproof vests and trench coats, according to police reports.
A search warrant was executed at Kucharski’s home where the police say they recovered explosive devices, BB pellets, CO2 cartridges, notebooks explaining how to make a bomb, a 5-subject notebook with a section devoted to the shooting of Columbine and another notebook referring to Rodney King.
An entry in Kucharski’s Columbine notebook read, âI think I’ll use Klebold’s setup (in reference to Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine shooters). A Tech-9 and a sawn-off shotgun, but instead of a double barrel, I want one like Eric’s shot â(referring to Eric Harris, the other shooter from Columbine), details the documents judicial.
Investigators say another entry in Kucharski’s notebook read “4-20-24 April 20, 2024, you’ll all be dead soon anyway” and “the only thing you’d get from me would be a 9 shotty sawed off in the face explode your goddamn head.
A digital camera was also recovered from the house, in which investigators said they found video of Kucharski and Lewis preparing to make explosive devices. Kucharski says “this is for our homemade bombs and our crickets”, and Lewis says “hey [expletive] it will explode in your faces â.
After police took Kucharski into custody, court documents indicate that he told investigators he was unsure why he had done it, adding: “I just did it because it was in my mind at the time. ”
Investigators say Kucharski’s mother told police her daughter was “obsessed with” the Columbine massacre.
Lewis told police he had never heard of Columbine until Kucharski told him about it, and the two began planning in September 2020, according to the police affidavit.
Lewis told police Kucharski discovered their plan was under investigation, so they stopped actively preparing. Lewis said he “felt better because he didn’t think he was going to be able to kill anyone,” investigators said.
“While the investigation is ongoing, I want to assure the parents, students and staff of Dunmore High School that we do not believe there is an active threat at this time,” said Powell. âWe are relieved that this plot was uncovered before anyone was injured and urge anyone with information about potential threats of violence in the school to immediately contact the police. “
Kucharski is charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction, terrorist threats, aggravated assault and criminal association.
Lewis is charged with Possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Possession of Explosive Materials, Criminal Association, Terrorist Threats, Conspiracy and Aggravated Assault.
“We charge two students as adults because of the seriousness of the charges and to reassure the
public that all threats to the safety of our children will be aggressively prosecuted. Two other students were charged as minors, âsaid Powell.
The Dunmore School District posted a statement on its website regarding the arrests on Friday: