The 14-year-old Aylen Junior High School student arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot up his school would have been two-years-old when the Columbine High School massacre happened in 1999. Still, police say he referenced "doing a Columbine" when he tried to recruit his friends for the violent rampage.
Regardless, that teen, won't be facing any criminal charges.
Deputy Pierce County Prosecutor Fred Wist tells KING 5 that while the student may have openly discussed and even wrote about committing a mass shooting, he didn't pass the legal threshold into criminal conspiracy.
"Talking about a crime, writing about a crime ... is not a crime," he says.
The unidentified teen, whom parents describe as an A and B student, had supposedly told several friends about wanting to shoot up his Jr. High School in Puyallup. And, as teens are wont to do, someone snitched on him and he was quickly arrested.
Looks like getting arrested then might have been the best thing that could have happened to not only the other Aylen student, but this youngster as well, as his plan was still in infancy and, like the deputy prosecutor said, had not qualified as a crime yet.