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  • 2 May 2014, 20:20

School 'Massacre Plot' Foiled By Tip-Off

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after police foiled an elaborate plot to kill his family, bomb his school and kill "as many students as he could".

John David LaDue, from Waseca, Minnesota, was arrested on Tuesday after a tip-off that somebody was acting suspiciously near a storage unit.

Police found LaDue inside the lock-up with bomb-making materials including a pressure cooker, steel ball-bearings, "pyrotechnic chemicals" and gunpowder.

"Numerous guns, ammunition and prepared bombs and paperwork documenting his plans" were later found at LaDue's house, said Captain Kris Markeson.

The haul included an assault rifle with 400 rounds of ammunition and a 9mm handgun.

Officers said he was less than two weeks from carrying out the attack, which they say was documented in great detail in a journal locked inside the teenager's guitar case.

Captain Markeson said: "During his interview with officers LaDue revealed his plan was to kill his family members, start a diversionary fire ... to distract first responders and travel to the Waseca Junior/Senior High School.

"Once there he intended to set off numerous bombs during the lunch hour, kill the school resource officer as he responded to help, set fires and shoot students and staff.

"He planned to be killed by responding law enforcement officers."

Police saidLaDue planned to carry out the attack on April 20 - the 15th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre - but had to put off the attack as the date fell on Easter Sunday.

LaDue had already experimented with smaller explosions in a local elementary school playground, police said.

The teen faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of possessing explosive or incendiary devices and two counts of criminal damage to property.

He will next appear in court on May 12.

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