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    Vancouver Island tip may have prevented violent attack on U.S. school

    Second case for Port Alberni police

    By Quinton Winks, Canwest News Service March 2, 2010 6:44 AM

    For the second time in a month, Mounties in Port Alberni may have thwarted a violent attack on a school in the United States.

    A 17-year-old from Brewster, Wash., is in jail and facing charges of conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree, thanks to a tip from the parents of a 14-year-old girl from Port Alberni. The two teens had been chatting on the popular Facebook website last week when the American youth explained his plans to go to school and begin shooting people.

    The girl's parents learned of the threats and called police, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusik. Local investigators then called Brewster police.

    "They were very appreciative of getting the information, that's for sure," said Omilusik.

    Based on information from the RCMP, Brewster police launched an investigation, which led to the charges being laid, said Brewster police chief Ron Oules. "All firearms accessible to the juvenile and involved in the investigation have been located and are in the custody of the Brewster Police Department," Oules said.

    On Feb. 4, an online video gamer called Port Alberni RCMP after a youth in San Antonio, Texas said he would participate in a school shooting. Police passed on the details of the tip to U.S. authorities and as a result a San Antonio youth is also before the courts.

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    U.S. police say Vancouver Island teen is suspect in school shooting plot

    By Carolynne Burkholder, Canwest News Service March 3, 2010

    A Vancouver Island teenager who was credited earlier this week with thwarting a violent attack on a school in the United States is now a suspect in the crime.

    Police officials in Brewster, Wash., confirmed Wednesday they are investigating the 14-year-old girl from Port Alberni, B.C., in the shooting plot.

    The teen was chatting last week with a 17-year-old boy from Brewster on the social-networking website Facebook when the American youth told her his plans to go to school and begin shooting people, police said.

    The boy was arrested and is now facing charges of conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree.

    Brewster police Chief Ron Oules said that the girl's parents learned of the threats and called officials at the local RCMP detachment, who then passed on the information to Brewster police.

    "The parent believed their . . . daughter was involved in a school shooting plan with a juvenile male from the United States," Oules said in a Wednesday news release.

    Police also informed the schools of the threat, Oules said.

    RCMP officials said Wednesday that "unless more evidence surfaces" the girl will not face charges under Canadian law.

    "As a result of the thorough investigation and with the evidence obtained there was not enough evidence to support a charge against the 14-year-old Port Alberni female," Sgt. Lee Omilusik said in a news release.

    The girl could still face charges in the U.S.

    It's not known whether the two teens knew each other prior to last Friday's conversation.

    Brewster is located about 250 kilometres south of Osoyoos, B.C., and is home to three schools: an elementary, middle and high school.

    Earlier this month, another B.C. teen was credited with alerting officials to a possible school shooting.

    On Feb. 4, an online video gamer called police after a youth in San Antonio, Texas, said he would participate in a school shooting. Local police passed on the details of the tip to U.S. authorities and the teen was arrested.

    With files from the Alberni Valley Times

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