Police have confirmed the California High School student who was arrested on suspicion of threatening violence against his fellow students in April was allegedly inspired to create a “Columbine 2.0.”
San Ramon police said in court documents that the freshman boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, allegedly planned to build bombs and recruit a friend to help him carry out an attack on school grounds in his senior year -- wanting to initiate the attack on April 20, 2021, the 22nd anniversary after the Columbine High school massacre in Colorado. The new details were first reported by the East Bay Times this week, with San Ramon police confirming the accuracy of the news report.
The teen was arrested by police on April 19 after a fellow student told school administrators the potential shooter had been making plans to “do harm” to students, police reported at the time.
The student informant said he was approached by the peer a week earlier and the boy attempted to recruit him to plan a shooting deadlier than Columbine, with the boy having six specific students in mind to target to kill, according to the new report.
“I want to commend our student for doing the right thing and reporting the information to an adult. Please help us message to our students and community that ‘if you see something, or know something, say something,’” Cal High principal Sarah Cranford wrote in an email to parents after the arrest.
The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office elected to not press charges, and the boy was released the following Monday, according to San Ramon police. The DA's Office has declined to comment on the case because the arrestee was a juvenile.
“Very little information was given about this situation due to confidentiality. This caused a great deal of stress on campus,” parent Kelly Jellin told the San Ramon Valley school board at its May 8 meeting.
“This is a wakeup call for all of us," Jellin added in her statement during public comment on non-agendized items. "The district and community need to come together and figure out how to keep all of our students safe, before the nation offers us their thoughts and prayers due to yet another tragedy.”