07/13/2007

2 N.Y. teens arrested in plot to destroy school

By Joseph Mallia
Newsday

BOHEMIA, N.Y. A 15-year-old student on longterm suspension and an older friend, 17, have been arrested for conspiring to injure staff and students at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, the Suffolk police said.

On July 6, authorities from Connetquot High School obtained a handwritten journal containing explicit threats of shooting and bombings to take at the school in the future, the police said.

The journal contained numerous terrorist threats and plans to attack the school on a future date and was written by a 15-year-old juvenile on long-term suspension from the school, the police said.

The plans included threats to shoot students, staff and to ignite homemade explosions.

A search warrant was issued for the 15-year-old's computer, and police discovered that he had made numerous attempts and inquires on the internet to obtain weapons, including an Uzi automatic rifle and five pounds of black powder explosive, the police said.

The juvenile elicited the assistance of Michael McDonough, 17, of 14 Lincoln Ave. in Bohemia, in formulating his plans.

McDonough has been charged with conspiracy and is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court. The 15-year-old has been charged as a juvenile with conspiracy and is scheduled to appear in Family Court today.

Officers from the Fifth Precinct crime section conducted an initial investigation which was turned over to the Fifth Squad. The investigation was conducted with the assistance and cooperation from the Connetquot School District.

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