Austin James Cook Arrested for 'Planning Another Columbine'
Austin James Cook Arrested for Planning to 'Break the Record of Columbine'
17-year-old Austin James Cook was arrested at Leto High School in Tampa Florida.
Austin James Cook is accused of planning a school shooting to "break the record of Columbine". He was arrested after a witness said that Cook wanted to surpass the death tolls of the 1999 Columbine Shooting.
Austin James Cook says that his talk of planning a school shooting was a joke, but the police are taking the issue seriously: they want to try him as an adult. So far, though, all they've found was an old rifle in Cook's room, which his family says is a non-functioning heirloom.
Police also found a bow and arrow and a book about guns, which don't seem particularly unusual for a teenage boy to own. Did the police nip a murder conspiracy in the bud, or will a kid's life be ruined due to an overreaction?
He's being held without bail, and investigators want Cook tried as an adult on charges of solicitation to commit murder and threatening to discharge a destructive device.
A witness told investigators Cook said he wanted to "break the record" of the 1999 Columbine, Colo., and 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampages.