A Connecticut high school is reportedly looking to expel two students accused of dressing up like the Columbine High School killers on Halloween and threatening to harm others at their school.
Two Litchfield High School teenagers were taken to a juvenile detention center after being charged on Wednesday with inciting injury to persons and breach of peace, police said. Their names haven’t been released because of juvenile offender laws.
The New York Times reports the students received word on Thursday that the Litchfield Public Schools are seeking to expel them, according to David Moraghan who is representing one of the boys.
Superintendent of Schools Lynn McMullin said the two sophomores dressed up Saturday on Halloween in black dusters and sunglasses and threatened to harm students at the school Monday. With the Sandy Hook shooting still resonating with many in the area, the high school principal notified police Sunday of a “possible hostile” even that was going to occur at the school Monday.
Police didn’t reveal any more information on what happened on Saturday, but Moraghan told The Times the teens went to a party in the community and didn’t have anything on them that “could be used or perceived as a weapon.”
Moraghan said some teens made sarcastic comments about the two students’ distasteful costumes, and “that was basically the end up of it.” He told the newspaper a girl told her parents about the costumes, who then alerted police.
The Times reports state police searched the students’ cellphones and homes. Moraghan said police didn’t find any credible evidence to the claim the boys were going to shoot up their high school.
In 1999, two students who wore black trench coats and sunglasses killed 12 other students, a teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado.
McMullin said the two sophomores were suspended and weren't in school this week. She said school officials were later told by police that there was no credible threat and students were never in danger.
"Nevertheless, at every stage, we took the matter very seriously," McMullin wrote in a message posted on the school system's website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.