October 12, 2007 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Police: Boy planned attack on school

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Montgomery County officials stand Thursday in front of the weapons confiscated from a 14-year-old boy. Associated Press
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A home-schooled teenager who felt bullied amassed a cache of guns, knives and explosive devices and tried to recruit another boy for a possible school attack, authorities said Thursday.

The 14-year-old was taken into custody after police searched his bedroom in a Philadelphia suburb Wednesday evening. He had talked about mounting a Columbine-type attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, authorities said.

The weapons included a 9 mm assault rifle that the teenager’s mother had recently bought for him, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said.

Police also found about 30 air-powered guns, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said.


CIA chief orders watchdog inquiry

CIA Director Michael Hayden has ordered an internal review of his inspector general, who has issued a series of highly critical reports on the agency’s conduct before and after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to published reports.

The Los Angeles Times and the New York Times said the highly unusual move has raised concerns that Hayden is trying to squelch the work of Inspector General John Helgerson, who has criticized senior figures including former Director George Tenet.

Virginia Beach, Va.

Student threatened for Facebook post

A Regent University law student says school officials have threatened to discipline him for posting an unflattering photo of founder Pat Robertson on his Facebook page.

Adam M. Key, 23, posted a picture of Regent’s founder and president making what appears to be an obscene gesture on the social-networking Web site. Key copied it from a YouTube video in which Robertson scratches his face with his middle finger.

The second-year law student said officials at the private Christian university demanded that he either publicly apologize and withhold public comment about the matter, or submit to the law school dean a legal brief defending the posting. Key chose the latter, arguing that his posting was satire protected under the First Amendment.

According to Key, Dean Jeffrey Brauch rejected his written legal brief and he now faces disciplinary action – perhaps even expulsion – under the university’s Standards of Personal Conduct.

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