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13-year-old who shot, killed self planned school shooting

13-year-old who shot, killed self planned school shooting

TOWNSHIP, Ohio -The death of a 7th grade student who shot himself last week at a Jackson Township middle school has been ruled a suicide.

"These documents showed that Simons meant to conduct a school shooting and harm other individuals", Brink said.

Police say the student hid the gun in his clothes on the bus and had ammunition in his backpack, along with bottle rockets and batteries.

The boy, 13-year-old Keith Simons, came out of the bathroom holding a semi-automatic rifle just before classes began and then abruptly went back inside and shot himself in the head, says Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink. "We don't have an answer".

The memos also praised the Columbine High School school shooters.




The teen claimed the school shooting would be "bigger than anything this country has ever seen", and said he had been planning it for several weeks. A memo dated February 17 said, "I'll look in to those scared little britches eyes before I kill them there's now I'll have followers because I'm so awesome I know someone will follow me just like I followed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebolt's me and them want close to the same thing, It's going to be fun.They say school shootings are frightful but they don't think like us like me Eric and Dylan".

Police don't know why Simons didn't carry out the attack and probably never will, the police chief said. Another boy in who was the restroom saw the gun and ran to tell school officials, he said.

Brink said it does not appear anyone had prior knowledge that Simons was planning a shooting.

Investigators have not found anything on social media that would indicate the incident would happen.

"I think in his mind he believed he had bombs", Brink said, but added that in fact Keith "did not have anything that he could assemble or make into a bomb". The 13-year-old boy had also pondered on his posthumous notoriety, imagining the media coverage of the planned attack and his name being attached to other killers. "I'm going to die doing it". "I'd hurt and destroy something bigger but my schools an easy target", Simmons wrote in one of them.


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