May 7th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Teens charged with conspiring to kill students, school staff

Two teenagers were arrested and charged with conspiring to kill faculty and students at a Long Island high school, police said Friday.

The teens - a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl - were arrested after police obtained the girl's cell phone, which showed the two had traded text messages about buying guns and killing people, and her computer, which revealed online searches for information about explosives and bomb making, the Suffolk County Police Department said.

The attacks were aimed at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York, where the girl is a student an the boy is a former student, the police department said in a statement Friday.

The girl was arrested last month and was released on her own recognizance, the police department said in a statement. The boy was arrested Thursday and will remain in jail until his next court date on June 8.

Calls to the school and school superintendent were not immediately returned. In 2007, two teenagers were arrested and charged with planning a similar attack at the same school.

- CNN's Deborah Brunswick contributed to this report.

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  1. Keith

    This is a waste of my tax dollars and a violation of the freedom of speech. I do not believe either of them intended to harm anyone.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brad1001

    The young man is obviously disturbed, and don't fool yourself about the girl as at that age they can be as hateful as you can imagine. Both need some time in a facility of some sort. To put them in prison will just make a bigger mess.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yes

    i'm with larry simpson. I also have never met these individuals (aka punks) but i can clearly and definitively conclude that their actions are the result of multiple piercings. not to mention the vile contribution of the utter lack of whippings and God. and dont forget the tattoos. had they been hugged less and slapped more and kept their bodies the way god had intended, they would most definitely been college graduates. lord knows the possibilities had prayer in school been mandatory. future senators no doubt.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david tee

    were they trained in afghanistan or pakistan.....because we all know brown mid easterners are the only ones that could possibly do this kind of thing, no way some disenfranhized white youth could do this...better go ahead and bomb Iran.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glenda

    This is nothing new for our day and time.. I live outside Jacksonville, Fl. and for the last month several high schools in Duval County are getting text messages saying they are goig to kill students and worse and 1 child has been shot. But the difference is our schools never made the news on CNN, or Nancy Grace, maybe it would help the police here do a better job. You see the kid that was shot went to the school principle who passed it to the cop that is suppose to help care for the kids but he did nothing!

    It is a shame that all of this is happening in our world and seems like people just turn their backs when a kid askes for help. I blame not only the parents but our world today. Kids are out of hand because parents do not do their job at home and the schools act like it isn't their job to help stop any of this.

    I am so glad my kids are grown but I fear for all kids in school now with all the drugs and guns in schools, and make them do their jobs too.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Elena

    See I told you the boy was to blame and the girl was pressured! the boy did this before! threats and all! http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/two-teens-charged-with-plotting-attack-at-high-school-1.1901080

    See!

    May 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kyle

    Big Brother is watching all of you

    May 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bad juju

    Ten bucks says bullying was a factor....

    May 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Just a Gut feeling

    Wow Elena.. there is this old story about a maiden, a serpent and an apple. Now I can't prove it is true but....

    May 7, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LIB

    scary looking kids. Our kids have become a product of our society. Guns, violence, violent music, movies, tv shows, people in our society who kids should look up to, parents who don't stay on top of what their kids do and what they have in the house, knowing your child, talking to your child, and most of all, as someone said, not putting God in your life. Or atleast someone or something that is a positive role model. Sad how so many kids are resorting to violence of all colors.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    "an the boy is a former student," ...It's and the boy is a former student.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Amoi

    Even if kids are out of control, parents have the ability to at least monitor what they're kids are up to and take action. In addition, teachers need to add "crowd control" (and all that implies) to their resumes.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kristin

    This high school is my alma mater and it saddens me to see that this is an issue that students and teachers have to deal with not once but twice I don't understand how this could happen a second time and after this time he is only charged with a class A misdemeanor?? It just doesn't seem right obviously this boy has made his intentions clear not once but twice. The charges should be more than just conspiracy in the fifth degree. Imagine if he went through with his plan, what the backlash would have been, after already being caught once before?? I hope the DA ups the charges!

    May 7, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Edward

    I second caning....Cane them like how Singapore does it and they will NEVER do it again...

    May 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Crys Lundberg

    "The attacks were aimed at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York, where the girl is a student an the boy is a former student, the police department said in a statement Friday."

    :..an the boy...: Another shining example of journalism. Proofreading services available. Please contact me.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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