||Summit teens' plot called 'really scary' |
News is no surprise
to a Columbine survivor and mom
County teens appear to have mapped out a rudimentary tactical plan for
carrying out an assault on students and staff at their South Summit High
School, according to new information found over the weekend by police.
Informants also have told police the pair talked about taking their
victims "out into the desert to kill them," and at least one boy is now
known to have been trying to obtain the necessary firearms, Summit County
Sheriff Dave Edmunds said Monday.
Friday last week I was reasonably sure there was going to be some kind of
violence. . . . Right now, I'm about 100 percent sure," Edmunds said. "I
think it's really scary."
Detectives discovered a
detailed school map with specific entrances and exits highlighted among
the hundreds of documents taken from the lockers of the two 15-year-old
boys last week. The confiscated writings and drawings, which were found as
police and school officials searched lockers for drugs, included graphic
images of violence and sex acts, some also inscribed with the names of
Information about attempts to
purchase firearms was obtained through several student witnesses who
approached police after the boys were arrested last Wednesday, Edmunds
The news from Summit County is chilling but
not surprising to Donna Taylor and her son, Mark, who was shot and wounded
at Colorado's Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. The Taylors are in
Salt Lake, a stopover point for a series of lectures Mark Taylor is doing
in Western states.
"Every time I hear about one of
these, it's like living it all over again," Donna Taylor said. "You can't
imagine how upsetting it is."
the most deadly school shooting in U.S. history. Thirteen died and more
than 20 were wounded. Mark Taylor suffered seven gunshot wounds.
Now he tours the country talking about his experience and lecturing
about the dangers of the anti-depressant drugs known as Selective
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI), which he believes are the underlying
cause of what happened that April day.
from the Columbine investigation indicate that shooter Eric Harris was
taking the SSRI drug Luvox. Records of the other shooter, Dylan Klebold,
have not been made public, although he was reportedly taking an herbal
supplement recommended to combat depression, according to news
"I don't blame the two killers for what
they did; when you take these pills, you don't know what you are doing,"
said Mark Taylor, who sued Solvay Pharmaceutical after the shooting. "It
was the pills."
West Jordan bio-psychologist Ann
Blake Tracy, with whom the Taylors make appearances, has researched SSRI
drugs for 15 years. She said brain research shows they can leave some in a
seizure- or dream-like state, rendering them unable to remember their
actions. An author, Tracy often testifies in court cases and before the
FDA, and she runs the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, http://www.drugawareness.org/, an online clearing house
for information about adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
Research, study and real-life incidents from shootings and
suicides across the country support the belief that the drugs can do more
harm than good, she said. And yet, the drugs continue to be prescribed and
sold to millions.
"I heard the (Summit County)
story on the radio, and my first reaction was, 'I can't believe it's
happening again,' " she said. "It's like an unreal nightmare, and nobody
can see the picture."
Edmunds said he does not
know if either of the South Summit students had been or is taking
anti-depressants or was under the care of a physician or mental health
looking at it," he said. "But the detectives are still gathering evidence,
and we just haven't gotten there yet."
Jeremy Harmon, Deseret Morning
conversations with detectives so far, neither boy has mentioned the drugs,
nor have they mentioned any kind of relationships at school, such as
teasing or harassment, that might have triggered violent behaviors,
"Right now, they're both pretty much
in full-blown denial mode that they are angry about anything," Edmunds
said, adding he believes the behavior of the two students is "more
pervasive than people realize."
Both boys are
suspended from school and have been in the custody of their parents. But
Edmunds said Monday that based on the newly discovered, more specific
threat information, the pair would be re-arrested and booked into a Salt
Lake County juvenile detention facility.
said he expects new information about the case to continue to dribble in,
even though the school year ends at South Summit on Friday.