UK Teenagers Accused of Plotting School Massacre

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LONDON (AP) - Two British teenagers went on trial Wednesday for
allegedly plotting "the greatest massacre ever," inspired by the Columbine killings in the United States.

Prosecutor Peter Wright told a jury at Manchester Crown Court in northwest England that Matthew Swift, 18, and Ross McKnight, 16,
wrote up detailed plans for the massacre, which they called "Project Rainbow."

McKnight wrote in his diary of carrying out the "greatest massacre ever."

"We will walk into school and at the end of it no one will walk out alive," he wrote.

Wright said the two "planned to copy and emulate the actions of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold," who killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado before committing suicide.

Prosecutors say Swift and McKnight planned to bomb a shopping enter before killing teachers and students at their school on the 10th anniversary of the April 1999 massacre.

The jury also was told that a safe in Swift's bedroom contained plans of the school and instructions on using acetone peroxide as a detonator. The safe also contained a notebook that contained plans,
jottings and an image of Harris and Klebold taken from closed circuit camera footage during the Columbine attack.

Underneath was written: "They say a picture paints a thousand words. This is my favorite picture in the whole world."

The defendants deny the charges.

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