In April, five Riverton High School students in southeast Kansas garnered national attention with their thwarted plan to allegedly mark the seventh anniversary of Columbine with their own carnage. This week, their cases ended with one misdemeanor count each of conspiracy to riot. That doesn’t seem like much of a punishment for a plot that so shook their community. Perhaps their ordeal at least will deter other teens from conjuring up such schemes — and cause parents to be more vigilant in the future about what their kids are doing among friends and saying on the Internet.
Posted by Rhonda Holman