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Fri Mar 2, 2018, 02:24 AM

7th-grader who shot himself planned attack on school: police

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A 7th grade student developed an eight-step plan for carrying out a school shooting before he fatally shot himself last week at a Jackson Township middle school, police said.

Investigators found documents on Keith Simons' cellphone that revealed the 13-year-old boy had an "admiration" for the Columbine High School shooters and intended to carry out a similar attack before he shot himself Feb. 21 in a Jackson Memorial Middle School bathroom, township police Chief Mark Brink said Thursday during a news conference.

"The documents show that Simons intended to conduct a school shooting and harm other individuals," Brink said.

The boy concealed a .22-caliber long gun under his clothes during a bus ride to the middle school, and surveillance video shows him walking out of the bathroom with the gun in his hands, police said. At least five students were nearby, and it's unclear why Simons then turned around, walked back into the bathroom and shot himself, Brink said.

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