Two La. Students Arrested in Columbine-Like Plot
DUTCHTOWN, La. (AP) -- Two Louisiana high school students have been booked with terrorizing after authorities discovered an elaborate plan they allegedly devised to recreate the bloody Columbine school massacre on its five-year anniversary in April.
Christopher Levins, 17, of Prairieville, and Adam Sinclair, 19, of Geismar, were each booked Monday with one count of terrorizing -- a felony punishable with up to 15 years in prison, said Sheriff Jeff Wiley of Ascension Parish, a rural and suburban area east of Baton Rouge in southeastern Louisiana.
"People need to know that this is very serious," Wiley said. "This is not just a case of kids just talking to be cool. These students had plans all worked out."
Lt. Kevin Hanna, the chief investigator, said the investigation is continuing and more arrests may be made. He said some other students knew about it but may not have been planning to participate.
Levins and Sinclair remained in jail Tuesday.
Hanna said the investigation started Friday with an anonymous call to the school indicating some kind of disturbance involving weapons was being planned at the school.
Efforts to reach the two students' families for comment were unsuccesful. There were no telephone listings for Levins or Sinclair in the area.
"During the weekend we came up with information that told us this was way beyond gossip and there was credibility with the threat," Wiley said.
Warrants were issued for detectives to search the school lockers, book bags, computers and homes of Levins and Sinclair on Monday.
Once detectives began looking through the students' homes and personal belongings, deputies realized the gravity of their plan, Hanna and Wiley said.
The two apparently were obsessed with the April 20, 1999, school shootings in Littleton, Colo.
Deputies found poems by the pair about being bullied, drawings and English papers written for school about the Columbine shootings, written histories of what happened at Columbine and numerous writings on books and book bags referring to themselves as "The Trenchcoat Mafia" -- a gang name used by some students in Columbine, although not shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.
Both Levins, a senior, and Sinclair, a sophomore, had written "The Trenchcoat Mafia" on the back of their Dutchtown High School photo identifications, Wiley said.
In addition, the two threatened to kill a small number of students and teachers at the school, he said.
"We found one drawing that had the student blowing the brains out of a particular teacher," Wiley said.
Another drawing -- created for a school geometry class -- depicted Levins and Sinclair on a school roof celebrating around dead bodies hanging out of school windows.
"Apparently, they were planning to wake up at 4:20 a.m. on April 20 of this year to do this," Maj. Tony Bacala said.
Hanna said Levins and Sinclair admitted to some of the planning but called it a "fantasy" and said they were never really planning to go through with it and that it was all a joke.
Detectives also found black military clothing -- battle dress uniforms -- black wool caps and black combat boots. "They wanted to wear wool caps instead of stockings or masks because they said they wanted everybody to see their faces," Bacala said.
Students reportedly told detectives they had seen Levins and Sinclair download video footage of the Columbine shooting off the Internet at school. Hanna said although no weapons were found, detectives did find evidence that Levins and Sinclair had obtained information on buying shotguns and rifles to use for the planned incident.
Wiley said Levins also admitted to detectives that he found a recipe to build a bomb, created one and detonated it sometime in October. The sheriff said there was a report to his office of some kind of explosion occurring at that time, but nothing could be found or connected to anyone then.
Wiley said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.
Neither student has a criminal record, and school officials said neither was a discipline problem.
The arrests were made on the same day as a 16-year-old girl at a school in northeastern Louisiana was accused of writing a note threatening five students in West Monroe, Louisiana. The nature of the threat was not revealed.
Police said the girl apparently showed the note she was accused of writing to another of the students listed, and both went to the principal.
The girl's name was not released. Maj. Royce Toney of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office said the girl was booked on a charge of terrorizing around 4:30 p.m. Monday and released to her parents