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Teen Allegedly Researching 'How To Commit Mass Murder' Gets 10 Days

07/16/2014 10:51 am ET
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A Washington state teen accused of threatening to shoot students and teachers at a Vancouver high school will spend 10 days in a juvenile detention center.

In addition to the detention term, the 15-year-old, who pleaded guilty to felony harassment death threats, must also serve 12 months' probation and complete 60 hours' community service, Clark County Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider ruled on Tuesday.

The teen, who is not being identified by The Huffington Post because he was charged as a juvenile, was arrested in March, after authorities say he threatened to shoot students and staff at Skyview High School.

During Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Abbie Bartlett said the teen made multiple threats during a two-week period in March. Bartlett said the teen identified individuals he planned to shoot and conducted an online search for "how to commit mass murder," The Associated Press reported.

Court records obtained by the Columbian further allege the teen showed another student an online advertisement for an assault rifle and said he was going to "go up on the balcony during lunch and shoot people. Security first, so I won’t be bothered."

The teen's lawyer, John Terry, told the court his client was joking and never intended to commit a school shooting, Koin.com reported.

"This was not anything more than a joke," said Terry. "The evidence clearly indicates that."

The teen was ordered by the judge to report to the Clark County Juvenile Justice Center on Friday, to begin serving his sentence.

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