Winfield student accused of massacre plot

WINFIELD (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old senior whom they accuse of plotting a massacre in the halls of his high school in eastern Missouri.

Donald G. Waters is charged with conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Thursday.

Waters was jailed Wednesday in Lincoln County on $50,000 bond. He did not yet have a listed attorney.

No phone listing could be found for Waters.

Police said two other students at Winfield High School alerted authorities that Waters had crafted a plot to shoot as many students and staff there as he could. Waters wrote a note on his computer that read, “I hate everything and everyone; I wanted everyone to die,” according to police.

Authorities say Waters told one of the students at the beginning of the school year to make a list of people he wanted dead, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Kurt Venneman said. The student thought Waters was joking.

“This past week is when he came back in and said, ‘I’ve been doing some research on the Internet, this is going to go down so get your list together,”’ Venneman said. “That’s when the student got kind of scared and said this kid may really be serious.”

That student and another notified an administrator. The officer stationed inside the school was notified, and Waters was pulled from class and arrested.

On Thursday, one of the two students who came forward was also arrested. No charges had been filed.

The Post-Dispatch reported that the 16-year-old was placed in juvenile custody after police said the student posted a Facebook item that concerned them.

Lincoln County authorities said Waters admitted to his scheme, saying his plan was to attack the school officer and get her gun, then run through the halls at school and shoot as many people as he could.

Waters did not have a written tally of those he wanted dead, but had a lengthy list in his head, Venneman said.

Authorities said Waters also admitted to doing research on the Internet about how to make guns and other weapons.

Police say they retrieved images of weapons from Waters’ computer, along with video clips about how to build and shoot guns.

No weapons were found in a search of Waters’ home.

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