UK teens ‘plot copycat Columbine’

14 09 2009

Two UK teenagers planned a killing spree at a Manchester school on the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

Matthew Swift, 18 and Ross McKnight, 16, allegedly spent over a year making intricate schemes to bomb Crown Point Shopping centre and Audenshaw High School, Manchester Court heard.

Swift was an ex-student, while McKnight still attended.

Prosecutor, Peter Wright, told the jury that. “Swift and McKnight sat on the dock and planned to copy the actions of Harris and Klebold (the two that planned and carried out the Columbine Massacre) here in the UK. They plotted the massacre, fantasised about the killing spree and eventually agreed to convert their fantasies into reality.”

According to Wright, the two “set about planning to detonate a bomb, some form of improvised explosive device, at a shopping centre in North Manchester, and then travel to Audenshaw High School at which they were to embark upon their fantasised killing spree in which they planned to murder their teacher and pupils before killing themselves.

The pair called their scheme “Project Rainbow” and wrote plans in their diaries as well as using their mobile phones to record their experiments with explosives.

McKnight’s diary referred to the “greatest massacre ever” and the killing of thousands of people. Mr Wright read from the diary, saying “we will walk into school and at the end of it, no one will walk out alive…after we have finished we will have to kill ourselves.”

The two were fascinated by the Columbine Massacre, which took place on Tuesday, 20th April, 1999 when two students, Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, entered a high school in Colorado. They killed 12 students and a teacher, as well as wounding 21 others before they committed suicide.

Swift and McKnight were arrested after a drunk McKnight rang a female to tell her he loved her and that “he couldn’t wait until April 20 – the anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre.”

He claimed the he and ‘Swifty’ had been inspired by what had happened in America.

Both defendants plead not guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to cause explosions.  

 

References

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/uk-world-news/2009/09/02/teens-plotted-copycat-massacre-100252-24591429/

http://news.aol.co.uk/teens-plotted-copycat-massacre/article/20090902083340047728119

http://www.smh.com.au/world/uk-teenagers-planned-copycat-columbine-20090903-f8nc.html

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14 09 2009
jessb

wonderfully written article
evokes some scary thoughts
one cant help feeling sorry for those kids, must have been influenced pretty strongly.
awesome article!
🙂

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