Mom Charged With Buying Pa. Teen Weapons

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  1. triggerman357

    triggerman357 Active Member

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  2. blind_shake

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    So his Dad is on house arrest and his Mom is out on bail. Both for buying their son firearms or attempting to (Dad is a felon). Sounds like a nice family. I suppose their last name woundn't be Manson would it?
     

  3. VolGrad

    VolGrad Tactical Statistician

    .....and this kid didn't even to to a "govt school". He was home schooled. Guess some of the home school teachers are bad too.
     
  4. SigP229

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    Michele Cossey, 46, bought her home-schooled son, Dillon, a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9 mm semiautomatic rifle, authorities said

    Acting on a tip from a high school student and his father, police on Wednesday found the rifle, about 30 air-powered guns, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks in the boy's bedroom, Castor said.

    Farrell noted it is not illegal in Pennsylvania for a minor to fire a weapon under adult supervision and said he didn't believe the students at Plymouth Whitemarsh were in any danger.
    :shock:
     
  5. Malum Prohibitum

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    Think that is what he told the judge when getting the warrant?
     
  6. triggerman357

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    Sounds like a one-way ticket to Gitmo. Where is this home-schooled kid getting bullied? On his way to den or the kitchen. Poor kid must have a serious lack of social skills if he is catching hell from students at school he doesn't attend.
     
  7. Marikhal

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    I read this article from another site. He used to go to that school, and got bullied there. Parents took him out to home school him.

    The kid also had a guide on counter-insurgency tactics, and had a Columbine documentary. He also had a few handmade hand grenades. :|
     
  8. M249

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    I've had a copy of The Poor Mans James Bond and The Anarchists Cookbook since I was in grade school, and I took homemade napalm to school to show my science teacher.

    I guess I just watched Red Dawn one too many times :)
     
  9. Malum Prohibitum

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    of BB Guns and airsoft . . .
     
  11. Malum Prohibitum

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    Sooooo . . . how do you get away with seizing plastic airsoft guns?
     
  12. GunNut

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    How could they have been in danger? Schools are "Gun Free Zones"....
     
  13. jeepsterwannabe

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    they shouldve checked the kitchen too, bet the mom had drawers filled with knives.... another weapons cache....


    on a serious note, the article says she is being charged with illegal transport of a firearm, what does that mean? is there a legal way to transport?
     
  14. Macktee

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    Not quite the "huge weapons cache" the media got all upset about...

    But, he did have one of those truly evil terrorist weapons; "a 9 mm semiautomatic rifle with a laser scope"! Probably, much like the one Adam5 owns. Maybe I shouldn't have posted that....they'll be coming for him next!


    http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/national/BO64301/

    Watch the local TV report:


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    Or, read the story:

    Police: Mother bought guns for Pa. boy charged with school plot

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- A troubled teenager accused of plotting a school attack built up a stash of weapons with the help of his mother, authorities said Friday.

    Michele Cossey, 46, was arrested Friday on charges of illegally buying her home-schooled son, Dillon, a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9 mm semiautomatic rifle with a laser scope.

    The parents were indulging the boy's interests because he was unhappy, not knowingly aiding a school assault, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor said. The parents didn't know of the teen's plans, but "by virtue of her indulgence, she enabled him to get in this position," Castor said.

    Authorities have said they do not believe an attack was imminent and are not even certain one would have occurred.


    "This was a smart kid that clearly believes he was picked on and was a victim," Castor said. "He had psychological issues and began to act out on those feelings."

    Dillon, 14, who was arrested Wednesday, felt bullied and tried to recruit another boy for a possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, authorities said. The teen previously attended middle school in the district but had been taught at home for more than a year after voluntarily leaving school.

    Acting on a tip from a high school student and his father
    , police searched the boy's bedroom and found the 9 mm rifle, about 30 air-powered guns modeled to look like higher-powered weapons, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the 1999 Columbine attack in Colorado and violence-filled notebooks, Castor said.

    Michele Cossey bought the semiautomatic rifle at a gun show on Sept. 23 and provided police with a receipt, investigators said in court papers. The teenager said the two .22-caliber weapons were stored at a friend's house.

    She was charged with unlawful transfer of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of reckless endangerment, and later released on bail. She did not comment at the hearing.

    Her attorney, Tim Woodward, said, "I'm sure she loves her kid."

    The teen, who also had a brief court appearance Friday, was ordered held at a juvenile facility while he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation. He was charged with solicitation to commit terror and other counts, but his lawyer, J. David Farrell, stressed that all but one of the weapons prosecutors put on display were pellet guns and air rifles.

    It is legal for children to possess air guns in Pennsylvania. Farrell also noted it is legal for a minor to fire weapons under adult supervision
    and said he didn't believe the students at Plymouth Whitemarsh were in any danger.

    "They're showing 30 guns on a desk that appear to be handguns and saying this was a Columbine in the making," Farrell said. "That's simply not borne out by the facts."

    On his MySpace page, Dillon Cossey made frequent references to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and describes their 1999 massacre at Columbine High School as one of his interests. The page, headlined "Mess with the best, Die like the rest," features tribute videos to the Columbine shooters and includes a still from surveillance video of the attack.

    In his lone blog post, dated March 29, Dillon wrote about recruiting for his "military group" and about his favorite weapons.

    "I am pretymuch," he wrote in a badly spelled post, "the posterboy for the person that rests upon the line between Geineus and Madman/Pycopath."

    Police, who searched the boy's home with his parents' permission, discovered seven explosive devices Castor has described as homemade grenades: plastic containers filled with BBs to which gunpowder could be added. Authorities said one was operable and the others had been in the process of being assembled.

    The search did not turn up any ammunition for the semiautomatic rifle.

    Castor said he suspects Dillon "was a target for bullies because he was overweight and not fully developed socially," but that mental problems might have exaggerated the effect of the bullying.

    "I have read things that he wrote. ... He has severe mental disturbances," Castor said.

    The boy's father also tried to buy his son a rifle in December 2005, but was not allowed to because he was a felon, according to court records. Frank Cossey, 56, had pleaded guilty in 1981 to manslaughter in a drunken driving death in Oklahoma and spent about six years in prison, the records show.

    Cossey's arrest came the same day a 14-year-old in Ohio opened fire at his Cleveland high school, wounding four before killing himself.
     
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    I read on cnn.com (yes I know, shame on me, please don't ban me from GPDO [-o< ) one of the initial reports from the Associated Press, and they actually mentioned a "9mm assault rifle".
    :shakehead:
     
  16. triggerman357

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    ABC news ran an anti-gun piece this morning and did not mention one time that most of the guns on the table were airsoft. I see they are really trying to stir something up.