Teen guilty in knife plot

First Posted: 8/11/2014

LIMA — An Elida Middle Schooler who plotted to kill the principal and others with knives entered the equivalent of a guilty plea to two counts of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

The boy, who was 13 at the time of the incident, was a seventh-grader at Elida Middle School. He will be sentenced in several weeks on the two fifth-degree felony charges. The teen, whose name was not being published because of his age, stopped just short of attempting to carry out his plot. He had three knives, a box cutter, a miniature baseball bat and other items he planned to make into a torch.

His plan was to walk into the principal’s office, kill the principal and assistant principal, then roam the halls killing anyone who approached him, police reported.

“Then he was going to go into his classroom and go nuts,” American Township Police Chief Matt Redick said.

The incident played out with the teen walking into the principal’s office with a 4-inch-long blade in the front pocket to his sweatshirt and a box cutter in his right front pants pocket, Redick said.

He initially asked about the school’s lockdown procedure and was sent in to talk to Principal David Morman. The teen backed out of his plan and told the principal. No one was injured. He acted alone.

Elida Middle School has classes for children in fifth through eighth grades.

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