Friday, October 12, 2007

PA School Massacre Plot ... Or Not?

By now you may have heard the news story about a disturbed teen being arrested for plotting a school massacre in Plymouth Meeting, PA. He's said to have an "arsenal." I have a particular interest in this, since I've lived in Plymouth Meeting since 1979 and graduated from PWHS in 1986.

Something stinks about this. Consider the following:

  • The "arsenal" consisted of mostly airsoft, i.e., airguns that shoot plastic pellets.
  • The DA has stated that while he believes the kid is disturbed, no attack was imminent or even truly in the works.
  • The kid may have solicited another student to help him. I'd really like to know what he said to someone else, if anything.
  • The mom owned a couple of real guns but didn't even keep them at her home.

This morning, we hear that the mom was charged with several felonies: endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful transfer of firearms, and aiding the possession of a firearm by a minor.

Heck, I had a much more impressive, real arsenal by the time I was 14. I am far from unusual even in this day and age. I wonder how many parents could be charged with the above counts because they allowed minors access to firearms. I bet it would be in the millions.

It's almost as if the kid got overheard talking smack like most 14 year olds do, someone overreacted, so he got arrested. The DA then decided there wasn't a real threat, but now the dog and pony show is started and to finish it, they have to charge somebody for something. Another interesting tidbit: DA Castor is currently running for Plymouth Township Commissioner, so there may be a political motivation.

I sure hope that the mom isn't getting Knifonged.


Phil said...

If it's all to be believed, then you can understand the crack down on the parent. But as the sprog hasn't been locked up, DA stated that not a threat.... sounds as you say like they needed someone to blame.

I guess the non-cynical explantion of the none-charged sprog, charged parent is that as you sumise someone overheard the sprog, raised the alarm, the fuzz roll in, they do their detecting and find that while the sprog wasn't upto much, the parent was... and police being police they can't turn a blind eye, so just run through the motions of processing her for what she's done wrong.

I'd be very surprised if some sort of publicity wasn't involved however. But then cynical I am.

John Hardin said...


Does PA law permit a minor to possess a rifle with parental consent?

Anonymous said...

"Knifonged." Kewl play on words.

Sounds like a Knifonging to me. There are a lot of these. They should go the wy of the dodo.

The people need to get upset about this kind of nonsense, and DAs should be going to jail for it.

The charge? Denial of rights under color of law, 18 USC 242. But who will prosecute?

staghounds said...

For whatever it's worth, I'm a prosecutor (not in Pennsylvania). Every couple of weeks I get a telephone call from a police officer who has been called to a school because some student has said something like "I have a gun and I'm gong to shoot this place up."

To or in the hearing of teachers.

(It's not a crime, under our state law, unless done via telephone or in writing.)

I tell the officers it's not a crime, the teachers don't believe it, and the school has to deal with it.

A day will come, I hope in some other county, when the child will do it.

Meanwhile, the non cynical explanation makes sense.