CRIME

NJ students planned Sandy Hook-style elementary school attack, police say

A display of wooden crosses and a Star of David for the Sandy Hook victims, in 2012.

A display of wooden crosses and a Star of David for the Sandy Hook victims, in 2012.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Two New Jersey students were arrested this week after allegedly planning a Sandy Hook-style massacre at their former elementary school, police announced Tuesday.

Officers searched the homes of the two students and did not discover any weapons; however, they said that the attack planning was in its early stages and was considered a credible threat. Both students are from Eastside High School in Paterson. 

This came on the heels of another report of a planned attack by students in Mainland Regional High School. Students there had allegedly assembled a "kill list" and had plans to bomb the school in Linwood last week, authorities said. 

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One male and one female student planned to carry out the Paterson attack at New Roberto Clemente School. Their names were not released by the police, but both have been charged with making terrorist threats, according to a report in the Paterson Press

During an emergency staff meeting, New Roberto Clemente's principal told staffers that the two students had scanned websites talking about mimicking well-known mass shootings such as those at Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the newspaper reported.

In the Linwood incident, several students at Mainland Regional High School told staff last week that another student had made statements about having a “kill list," according to local authorities.

The Linwood student was removed from class and sent to the Linwood Police Department; his parents are supporting the investigation, according to Patch