Two Kamloops teenagers accused of plotting to use weapons to attack students and staff at a city high school are scheduled to stand trial before Christmas.
The two teens, a boy and a girl, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit assault with a weapon and uttering threats stemming from an alleged Feb. 7 plan targeting students, teachers and administrators.
The teens’ identities cannot be published under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Any information that could identify them, including the name of the school they are alleged to have planned to target, is also banned from publication.
A separate publication ban covers the details of the allegations against the pair, each of whom maintained troubling social media profiles at the time of their arrests.
The boy’s Instagram account was named for a notorious U.S. school shooting and included text and images referencing mass slayings. The girl’s Instagram profile featured a photo of what appears to be a school shooting in progress.
Both teens have been released on bail on a number of strict conditions, including orders barring them from possessing firearms and limiting the contact they can have with teachers.
The alleged plot was not acknowledged publicly by police or school district officials until nearly a week later, after KTW reported on it.
After the initial story was published, school officials sent a letter to parents of students in the district, assuring them such threats are dealt with seriously.
The teens are slated to stand trial together in Kamloops provincial court over four days beginning on Dec. 16. Lawyers will return to court on Oct. 7 for a pre-trial conference.