Teen Who Threatened Jr.
High Shooting Massacre
Gets Two Year's Probation

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. (CP) - A 15-year-old boy who threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his junior high was been placed on two year's probation and banned from owning weapons for four years.
The boy, who cannot be identified under provisions of the Young Offenders Act, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of uttering threats. He had been held in custody for a psychiatric assessment before sentencing.
The incident began when the Grade 9 student was suspended at 100 Mile Junior Secondary School.
He then threatened to return and kill a specific teacher and a number of classmates.
RCMP went to the boy's home in nearby 70 Mile House and seized 24 guns -- including six pistols -- belonging to his father as a precaution.
The guns were safely stored but police feared the boy could have access to them.
Officers also found six knives in the boy's bedroom, along with a list naming 10 fellow students and a teacher.
The student who reported the threat to school principal Diane Rhenisch said the boy threatened to come back and shoot all those who had "bugged" him.
Other students said the boy, an army cadet, was an outsider who was picked on at school. School officials said he had a history of behaviour and discipline problems.
The incident happened about a week after a disgruntled 14-year-old boy opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at his high school in rural Taber, Alta., killing one student and badly wounding another.
A week before that, 12 students and a teacher were gunned down at Columbine high school in Littleton, Colo., by two teenage boys out to revenge the harassment they felt they suffered. The attackers then killed themselves.
The Columbine massacre prompted a wave of copycat threats and warnings to parents and school officials to pay closer attention to angry kids who may have been bullied or ostracized.
Officials in 100 Mile House credited awareness and education programs in local schools with encouraging the student to report the boy's threats.
100 Mile House is a town of about 2,000 people, 300 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.