Alert police in Rochester, Indiana, arrested two teenage radicals and charged them with plotting a massacre. The pair were planning to shoot up their schools, “Columbine” style, trench coats and all.
Police were on the alert
Police in Rochester, Indiana, were alert enough to detect a terror plot before it could be executed, arresting 18-year-old John L. Schultz IV, and his cohort Donald V. Robin, Jr., age 17. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and intimidation.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, a snitch told “a Rochester police officer that Schultz and his friends were plotting a massacre at school.” Apparently, Schultz couldn’t wait for school to resume, so the deranged duo could “kill as many as they can and kill themselves just like Columbine,” the police reports reveal.
The county prosecutor went into more details of how they were inspired by the Columbine massacre. In April of 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, dressed in trench-coats as members of “the trenchcoat mafia,” shot and killed 15 of their fellow Columbine High School students in Colorado.
The teens obviously posed a threat
After they got the tip, law enforcement “searched the two Indiana teens’ Facebook pages and homes, saying that they posed a threat.” Social media monitors were too busy censoring articles about censorship to notice “posts and private messages suggested Schultz and Robin were allegedly planning shootings at Rochester High School and Caston High School.”
Both the Indiana teens “bought trench coats, got tattoos of guns with quotes from the two killers, listened to music about the massacre, and used Klebold and Harris as their profile pictures.” Freedom of speech is a guaranteed Constitutional right but their speech went far enough to cross over into unprotected territory.
As Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs explains, “it’s a fine line between free speech and when you cross the line, but I think in this case, clearly what they had done was going to interfere with the occupancy of a school.” Chief Deputy Prosecutor Rachel Arndt assures law abiding First Amendment supporters, “we wouldn’t have asked for a warrant for that, that’s a first amendment freedom, but when it goes so far as to start making a plan and taking an overt act and furtherance of that plan, that’s where we ask for warrants and we do something about it.” At least they were on the alert for this one.