Montreal school shooting conspiracy: two accused receive discharges

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Montreal School Killing Plot: Two Defendants Receive Absolution

Four teenagers were charged, in September 2021, in a shooting conspiracy case inspired by the Columbine massacre. (File photo)

The last two teenagers charged in a plot to commit a mass shooting at their Montreal high school were granted an absolute discharge on Friday.

They both appeared in the afternoon at the Montreal courthouse, after pleading guilty in the Youth Division of the Court of Quebec, at the end of last year.

The youths were accused of being involved in planning a shooting inspired by the Columbine High School massacre that left 15 dead and 24 injured in 1999 in the United States.

The goal was first to assassinate one of their classmates, then to go after the other students, in addition to x27;setting fires in the school.

In September 2021, the SPVM intercepted text messages sent by the comrades, which allowed the police to thwart the conspiracy.

The two teenagers who received a discharge were 15 years old at the time of the event. Their role in this affair, however, was passive. Rather, it was their two comrades who had set up the criminal plan. The latter were sentenced to 12 and 15 months of probation respectively in May 2021. They had also pleaded guilty.

With information from Pascal Robidas

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