Two teenage boys who allegedly plotted a ‘Columbine-style’ mass shooting were pictured smiling in their yearbook photos, as it is revealed one wore Nazi gear and made jokes about the massacre on social media.
Zachary Shearon, 13, and Richard Hummer, 14, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection to planning a school shooting at The Villages Charter Middle School on Thursday.
Shearon, the supposed initiator of the plan, allegedly showed up to a Holocaust tribute wearing swastikas on his hands and Nazi logos on his arms, a Sumter County charging affidavit said.
The young teen recently made a disturbing joke about the Colorado massacre on social media, posting a photo of the killers with the caption: ‘The Columbine High B-Ball team hasn’t been the same since it lost its two best shooters’, according to WFTV.
Zachary Shearon (left), 13, and Richard Hummer (right), 14, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder in connection to planning a ‘Columbine-style’ school shooting at The Villages Charter Middle School in central Florida on Thursday
Shearon, the supposed initiator of the plan, allegedly showed up to a Holocaust tribute wearing swastikas on his hands and Nazi logos on his arms. The young teen recently made a disturbing joke about the Colorado massacre on social media, posting a photo of the killers with the caption: ‘The Columbine High B-Ball team hasn’t been the same since it lost its two best shooters’
Authorities were alerted to the alleged attack when witnesses said some students had been warned not to come to school on Friday, when the teens were reportedly planning to shoot ‘anyone who was not wearing a white t-shirt.’
The boys were taken into custody on Thursday when deputies executed search warrants and raided their homes.
Although no weapons were found on the boys, or in their bags or lockers, firearms were found at both the suspects’ homes, police said.
Officers first detained Shearon who is alleged to have been plotting the attack.
The teens were planning the massacre for Friday, January 27, at The Villages Charter Middle School in central Florida, pictured
Police said he acknowledged having conversations about the plot, and made reference to the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, MyNews13 reports.
During the interview, deputies learned Hummer was also potentially involved.
Shearon had told him, ‘imagine if that was me shooting’, the Daily Commercial reported. The pair had allegedly worked out to meet in the gym on Friday morning and open fire when Hummer dropped a pencil.
The attack was plotted for morning because the children would be in a central location, meaning more targets, Capt. Chris Haworth, of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, said to Click Orlando.
The teens told police they had discussed the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Pictured: A Columbine High School student grieving at a memorial service
Both boys wept during their arrests and Shearon told deputies he was ‘depressed’ and wanted to end it all.
‘I just want to die,’ he said, according to the local report.
They both insisted the plot was a joke, despite all three witnesses believing the attack was serious and didn’t think it was a joke, according to the affidavit.
The teens were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and were detained by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
School staff became aware of the alleged plot after they heard other students discussing it in the hallways, Fox News reports.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office told WFLA-TV that police are grateful to the students brave enough to speak out about the plot.
Officers said there would be an increased deputy presence at the school on Friday, but they were not anticipating any further arrests.