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Share this article via email Share this article via flipboard Copy link Shares The two schoolboys jailed for plotting a Columbine-inspired massacre at a school in North Yorkshire have been named as Thomas Wyllie and Alex Bolland. Thomas, regarded as the leader, was convicted of planning the attack at his Northallerton school and given a year custodial sentence, as well as five years on extended licence.
His co-defendant Alex was given ten-year custodial sentence after being found guilty of conspiracy to murder. Thomas Wyllie was given a year custodial sentence Picture: Judge Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told them: Prosecutors claimed the boys were inspired by the teenagers responsible for the Columbine massacre in Picture: Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said: The contents of a rucksack that was found by officers searching the pairs hideout, which prosecutors claimed were instruments for building an explosive Picture: Advertisement Advertisement He told Dr Kent: A page from a diary kept by Thomas in which he discussed his motivations for wanting to carry out a mass shooting Picture: PA During the trial, a jury heard how in June last year Thomas began searching the dark web for guns and actively sought ways of accessing these firearms as part of his plan to murder teachers and pupils.
The were also told of how police uncovered a diary kept by Wyllie which contained entries about his murderous intentions.
Later in the journal he wrote: Everyone is filthy and deserve to be shot, including me. Humans are a vile species which needs to die out. The Columbine Massacre At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens went on a shooting spree on April 20,killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others before turning their guns on themselves and committing suicide.
The Columbine shooting was, at the time, the worst high school shooting in U. On 28 September Alex told his vice-principal he wanted to foil the plot. The evening of his confession in school, Alex admitted to two North Yorkshire police officers the pair had planned to acquire a gun and shoot those who had bullied them.
Alex, however, denied any knowledge of the plot when he was asked by the police officers who apparently took the case no further.
Both boys were found guilty of conspiracy to murder last month. If you have a story for our news team, email us at webnews metro.
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