PATERSON NJ March 31 2017 - Two high school students have been arrested on terrorist threat charges after they allegedly talked about killing their former elementary school teachers.
The students, who both attend Eastside High School, made statements about "engaging in a Columbine-like attack," according to NorthJersey.com.
The students are a 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy, according to Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale.
"Even though, no weapons were located, it appears that it was in the early stages of planning these attacks at Eastside High School and the New Roberto Clemente School," Speziale said in a statement.
The schools are within a few blocks of each other.
In addition, the teenagers threatened violence against a school staff member, identifying the person by name, Speziale said.
Police searched the youths' homes and found no weapons. The teens were charged as juveniles for statements police say they made during the past week, according to Speziale.
Hector Montes, principal of New Roberto Clemente School, reportedly told staffers during a meeting on Tuesday that the Eastside suspects were in the early stages of planning an attack at the elementary school.
Montes said the students posted statements on websites that led police to believe they wanted to re-enact school shootings like the ones at Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to NorthJersey.com.
Fifteen people died in the 1999 Columbine attack and 26 were killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook.