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Minnesota Authorities Foil School Massacre Plot

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Prosecutors say police in Waseca, Minnesota, likely foiled a planned school massacre when they arrested a teenager in connection with the March discovery of explosive devices on the grounds of a local elementary school.

A juvenile petition says John David Ladue, 17, of Waseca, is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of possessing explosive devices and and two counts of first-degree criminal damage to property.  

The investigation began March 24, when melting snow revealed a pair of devices on the Hartley Elementary School playground in Waseca. Police say one of the devices had detonated while the second had failed to ignite. Four days later a third device was found inside of a stuffed toy. It was already detonated.

On Tuesday, just over a month after the discovery of the explosives, Waseca Police arrested Ladue after executing search warrants at a residence and at a storage facility in Waseca. A juvenile complaint says Ladue was arrested in a locker at the storage facility, surrounded by materials to make explosives.  


"During his interview with officers Ladue revealed his plan was to kill his family members, start a diversionary fire in rural Waseca to distract first responders and travel to Waseca Junior/Senior High school," explains 
Captain Kris Markeson with the Waseca Police Department. "Once there, he intended to set off numerous bombs during the lunch hour kill the school resource officer as he responded to help set fires and shoot students and staff. He planned to be killed by responding law enforcement officers. a journal recovered in his home revealed his plans and preparation to this in great detail." 

Thomas Lee, Superintendent, "We can either believe that this occurred as a result of a lucky break or, as I do, choose to believe that God was looking out for all of us."

Ladue allegedly told authorities that he was fascinated by the school shootings at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and Columbine, and idolized Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

Based on statements from Ladue and items found in his home and storage locker, authorities believe the massacre was to take place in the next week or two.
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