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Teen accused of plotting massacre at North Central High

A 16-year-old boy was arrested today for allegedly plotting a “Columbine-style shooting” at North Central High School.

The boy, who was booked into juvenile detention on a charge of threatening to bomb or injure property, was identified as a suspect by detectives working with Spokane Public Schools officials.

Spokane police say they learned of a conversation a few weeks ago between students that referenced a shooting that was to occur at the school and referred to the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, which occurred 13 years ago this Friday. The students were not identified.

Then last week, police found graffiti at Winco on North Nevada Street that also referenced an upcoming shooting at North Central, according to the Spokane Police Department.

Detectives identified the boy as being responsible for the threats and graffiti. He was arrested this morning at his home in the 1800 block of West Dean Avenue, where detectives executed a search warrant.

Police have not said what they found in the home.

A woman at the home declined to speak to a reporter this afternoon.

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