2 Students Arrested for Columbine Costumes

They were charged with felony, could be expelled
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2015 12:06 AM CST
Updated Nov 6, 2015 2:00 AM CST
2 Students Arrested for Columbine Costumes
Columbine gunman Dylan Klebold, left, watches as Eric Harris prepares to fire a pistol in this frame grab of a video released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.   (AP Photo/Jefferson County Sheriff Dept., file)

A bad-enough costume can ruin your life, not just your Halloween, two high school students in Connecticut have discovered. The teenagers were arrested and sent to a juvenile detention center this week after authorities found out they had gone out for Halloween dressed as the Columbine school shooters and allegedly threatened other students in the small town of Litchfield, the New York Times reports. The local school superintendent says school officials contacted police when they were informed about the pair. "The costume was essentially black trench coats, baseball caps, and sunglasses," she tells NBC Connecticut, adding that there was never any evidence of a credible threat.

The boys, who will likely be expelled from school, were charged with inciting injury to persons or property, which is a felony, as well as breaching the peace, NBC reports. Dressing up as school shooters was definitely a terrible idea, especially in a town less than an hour from the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, a lawyer for one of the teens admits, but he tells the Times that the boys didn't have anything that could be perceived as a weapon, and the "threat" was a sarcastic remark made after someone told them, "I bet you're going to shoot up the the school." He says the boys are "so remorseful for their stupidity" and getting kicked out of school "is going to be really, really hard on both of them." (A soldier at Fort Bragg dressed up as a suicide bomber for Halloween.)

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