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"Columbine Effect"-- A Report on Copycat School Violence

May 05, 2014  | 

Photo: Mark W. Clark
Photo: Mark W. Clark

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has published a story on the trend of copycat school violence patterened after the 1999 Columbine school shootings.

This is in the wake of the arrest of John David LaDue, the news outlet is reporting that LaDue had multiple bombs, an arsenal of guns and months of detailed planning for killing his family and then unleashing explosives and bullets on his classmates at Waseca’s junior and senior high school. 

It was all meant to happen on April 20, the 15th anniversary of the rampage at Columbine High School, John David LaDue told police.

By chance, LaDue was arrested last week as he was making final preparations for the attack that he was forced to postpone in April when the 20th fell on Easter Sunday. But the shocking details of the arsenal that the 17-year-old high school junior had amassed — undetected and unsuspected — masked another disturbing fact: His fascination with Columbine was hardly unique.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/5/2014 4:15 PM

Thankfully this suspect cannot read a calendar and realized too late that 4-20 of this year fell on a Sunday. This startling revelation thoroughly confused the plans John LaDue had made for his coming out party. Because he had already boasted his plans to friends before Sunday 4-20 his "friends" had time to report him to the Police.

Tschako @ 5/5/2014 5:00 PM

"By chance, LaDue was arrested...." Can't you media people give the Police credit for ANYTHING? He was arrested because the Police followed a lead, did a timely and thorough investigation, and intervened before the loon went postal. Sheesh!

Tschako @ 5/5/2014 5:03 PM

And, where is this "Report on copycat school violence" ??

Bc02599 @ 5/5/2014 5:08 PM

The report is in the link at the beginning if the story. It's the full newspaper article.

Bc02599 @ 5/5/2014 5:08 PM

The report is in the link at the beginning if the story. It's the full newspaper article.

Bc02599 @ 5/5/2014 5:58 PM

The report is in the link at the beginning if the story. It's the full newspaper article.

Bc02599 @ 5/5/2014 5:59 PM

Whoops! Sorry for the repeats.

Renee C. @ 5/6/2014 4:52 AM

@Tschako the officers would not have been able to follow up on a lead, had not the good citizen made the report to's a joint effort that needs commending.

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