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Teens Taken Into Custody After Suspicions Of Planning A School Shooting


The teens accused of planning a school shooting in Lee County appeared before a judge Sunday morning after  they were taken into custody on Saturday.

Conner Pruett, 13, and Phillip Byrd, 14, are being held for 21 days in secure juvenile detention.

The incident involving the two teens occurred on Thursday  after a school resource officer at Harns Marsh Middle School was alerted that one of the boys a  had a gun in his backpack.

No gun was uncovered by a sheriffs deputy. It is alleged that Pruitt and Byrd spoke to each other during lunch about a school shooting plot.

A map of the school was found that included the locations of surveillance cameras. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said the two were in the stages of plotting a school shooting of the magnitude of Columbine in Colorado and Parkland in Florida.

A judge on Sunday ruled the two teens committed a juvenile act.

Their next court date is Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.