Cops greet students at school where plot thwarted

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South Pasadena, Calif., police chief Arthur Miller, right, and South Pasadena Unified School District superintendent Dr. Geoff Yanz announce at a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that the police has arrested two South Pasadena High School high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. Miller said that school officials had heard about the plot and informed police, who determined the threat was credible. Police say the boys, ages 16 and 17, didn't have weapons but were researching automatic weapons and explosives, especially propane. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

South Pasadena, Calif., police chief Arthur Miller, right, and South Pasadena Unified School District superintendent Dr. Geoff Yanz announce at a City Hall news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, that the police has arrested two South Pasadena High School high school students suspected of planning a massacre at the school after investigators monitored their Internet activities. Miller said that school officials had heard about the plot and informed police, who determined the threat was credible. Police say the boys, ages 16 and 17, didn’t have weapons but were researching automatic weapons and explosives, especially propane. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut )

 

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police are greeting students on the first day of classes in the Los Angeles suburb where two teens allegedly plotted a high school massacre.

Officers were in force Thursday at South Pasadena High School as students began the school year without two peers.

The 16- and 17-year-old boys have denied charges they threatened another student.

Police say they could face other charges related to an alleged plot to target three high school staffers and kill as many students as possible.

The boys were arrested after police monitored their online activity and determined they presented a serious threat.

The boys didn’t have a specific attack date or weapons, but police say they were researching how to arm themselves.

The father of one accused boy says his son meant no harm.

 

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