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'School Plotter Threatened To Shoot Classmate'
A former classmate of a teenager accused of planning a repeat of the Columbine massacre has told a court the alleged plotter threatened to shoot him in the head and stab another student in the throat.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also brought a knife into college to show fellow students and claimed he "hated" his sixth form and former school, the Old Bailey heard.
The teenager is on trial accused of planning a terror attack on his former school in Loughborough, East Midlands, as well as naming his sixth form college, a local mosque, cinema and council offices as potential targets.
A sixth form student, who cannot be named, told the court the defendant threatened to shoot him in class after he told him not to be "f****** grumpy".
"I turned around and laughed at him and he went mad and said, 'I'll shoot you in the head'," the boy said.
"Someone else was laughing and he said 'I'll stab you in the throat'."
The prosecution witness, 17, said the defendant spoke of his hatred for the sixth form and, in one incident, brought a lock knife with a four to five inch blade into college.
"He had said before 'I hate this college, I don't like it, I don't want to be here'," the boy added.
The Old Bailey has previously heard that the teenager allegedly wrote in a Che Guevara notebook emblazoned with swastikas his plans for The New Columbine.
The defendant, who has Asperger's syndrome, denies a charge of possessing items for the purpose, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.
They include partially assembled petrol bombs, air rifles, improvised explosive devices, and a pistol.
The boy also denies one count of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful for a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, and a further count of possessing explosives in the form of component parts of IEDs.
The teenager and two other 17-year-old boys have pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing petrol bombs and component parts of pipe bombs for the use of explosive devices.
The defendant, dressed in a black T-shirt and wearing glasses, has been sitting in the dock with an intermediary throughout the court proceedings.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 before both committing suicide in one of America's worst mass shootings.