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June 23, 1999 – Columbine Copycats – Flag Burning – A Matter Of Consumer Privacy

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Columbine – an all-too vivid memory being stoked by wannabes.
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June 23, 1999 – Almost two months to the day, when the Columbine school massacre unfolded and the world watched with shock and horror at the events taking place in this seemingly bucolic setting. Two months later, the copycats, the wannabes, the teenage malcontents crept out of the woodwork with plots, manifestos and websites. And one by one they were discovered, arrested and charged.

The latest involved Three boys who were arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of plotting a school shooting rampage similar to the one in Littleton, Colo. The boys, two 13-year-olds and a 12-year-old, planned to detonate bombs and shoot teachers and fellow students at Paradise Intermediate School, police said. Investigators said they searched the boys’ homes and found a list of intended victims and evidence that the attack was to have occurred Feb. 2, 2002. Police had no motive, but said the suspects made their plans after watching TV news reports about the Colorado massacre two months ago. The boys said they abandoned their plot earlier this month, according to police.

Meanwhile, further east – a judge in Port Huron Michigan ordered two 14 year old boys to be tried as adults in their massacre plot. Four teen-agers plotted to buy and steal weapons for a massacre at their middle school that would top the death toll at Columbine High School, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

“This was to be a Colorado-style shooting and bombing … The goal was to kill more people than in Columbine,″ said St. Clair County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Wendling.

The boys also planned to rape girls at the Holland Woods Middle School, Wendling said at the arraignment for two of the suspects, both 13 years old. He would not elaborate on the charge outside of court.

Defense lawyers said the boys _ Daniel Fick and Jonathan McDonald _ have a clean record and that the Colorado shooting had created “hysteria″ in the schools.

Congress was again tackling the contentious and emotional issue of flag burning. The House passed an amendment twice before but narrowly failed both times. The same results were expected this time, but since there was very little, if any flag burning going on in recent years, the issue didn’t seem to warrant front-burner status.

And Microsoft, the biggest internet advertiser in 1999 was going to bat to protect the privacy of internet users. The Software giant spent $34 million on internet ads in 1998 and was now requiring those sites where it spends that money to offer assurances they would protect consumer privacy and let consumers know the Internet marketplace was safe.

And that’s just a little of what happened, this June 234, 1999 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.

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