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3 Teens Arrested in Killing Plot

November 16, 1998

BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) _ Three teen-agers angry about being picked on at their high school plotted a suicide mission to kill students and teachers, authorities said today.

The boys, all between the ages of 15 and 16, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Two other youths initially taken in for questioning Sunday were not charged.

The youths planned to force administrators at gunpoint to lock down Burlington High School and then kill people on ``a specific list of students and teachers,″ said Detective Mike Wiskes. The attack was scheduled to occur today, although the youths apparently had no weapons to carry it out, police said.

Students on the hit list were those who previously had picked on the youths, police said. The adults allegedly targeted included Principal Jose Martinez, another administrator and a teacher.

The boys described their plot as a suicide mission, prosecutor Richard Barta said.

Martinez said the teen-agers had never been involved in serious misconduct, just ``normal misbehavior,″ and were not known to be part of an organized gang.

On campus today, classes went on as usual although the allegations were the buzz of school hallways in this small community about 25 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

``Everybody was scared and wondering,″ said Angelique Robinson, a sophomore. ``People were wondering if they were on the list and what if, what if.″

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