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A potential tragedy at a central Florida charter school was averted when students sounded the alarm that two of their classmates were planning to “shoot up the school on Friday.”
The whistleblowers alerted authorities that the accused teenagers had warned certain students at the Villages Charter Middle School to wear white shirts and say the safety word “Eugene” to avoid getting shot, according to a police report released by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
A 13-year-old suspect “was intercepted by authorities as he attempted to arrive” at the school on Wednesday, the sheriff’s office revealed in a press release.
“At the time, he acknowledged conversations involving the plot and referenced the mass shootings at Columbine High School,” the sheriff’s office said.
The teenage suspect also implicated a 14-year-old boy who was “quickly” located at the school, which is located in the town of The Villages, about 60 miles west of Orlando.
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