Two Westerville teens are accused of plotting to bomb a Catholic church and two area restaurants in a Columbine-style attack, investigators said.
Westerville police charged Scott Ennis, 16, and Daniel Woodrum, 15, each with delinquency counts of conspiracy to commit arson. Both are students at Westerville North High school.
The teens are accused of planning an ambush at St. Paul’s Catholic Church and school, and at two area restaurants, Westerville Police Lt. Tracey Myers told WBNS-TV (Channel 10). Police wouldn’t name the restaurants.
“They went as far as climbing up on the roof of the church and planning where they were going to put pipe bombs and figure out how they were actually going to do this,” Myers said.
A 15-year-old girl called police after learning of the plans in an online chat on MySpace.com, Myers said. She said the pair planned to plant pipe bombs at the buildings and shoot people inside in a manner similar to attacks at Columbine and Virginia Tech. They discussed chaining the doors during a Mass, she said.
“I was really weirded out. I didn’t know what to do or how to react to him,” the girl told WBNS-TV. Her name wasn’t released for her own protection.
She printed her chat messages and took them to Westerville police.
Woodrum, of Mulberry Way W., was in Delaware County Juvenile jail following his arrest on Friday, his attorney Bob Krapenc said tonight.
It wasn’t clear if Ennis was still there, although Westerville police said they believe he was still there, too. A woman who answered the phone tonight at Ennis’ home on Shagbark Drive refused to comment.
“I don’t know the specifics of what they said or the intent,” Krapenc said. “I don’t even know if he was bragging and trying to impress someone.”
Westerville is just down the road from my office. I tend to wonder if religion had anything to do with these teens obsession to terrorize the church. If it had not been a church, would it have been a school just the same? Based on the fact that they’re teens, I’m not sure how much more we’re going to learn about the teen terrorists’ motives.