MySpace message leads to school plot pleas

Maybe they should change the minimum age of MySpacers to 21 .... - MySpace message leads to school plot pleas - Aug 9, 2006
The Riverton High School students had faced felony charges of incitement to riot and making a criminal threat, but the charges were reduced to misdemeanors on Monday. They were arrested April 20 -- the seventh anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado -- after a message about an alleged shooting plot appeared on the social networking Web site. Authorities said the message included a discussion of the location of video cameras in the school and how to disable them. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Norman has said deputies investigating the threat in the tiny southeast Kansas town found guns, ammunition, knives and coded messages in the bedroom of one suspect. District Judge Robert Fleming told the youths that when he read the original charges, he found them frightening and disturbing. "Perhaps it wasn't as serious as it appeared a few months ago when it first surfaced," the judge said.

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