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Second teen charged with making threats against schools

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TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A second teen is now under arrest in Torrington after being accused in a plot to attack and kill students inside two Connecticut schools.

Torrington police arrested 19-year-old Peter Thulin at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown after he was released from treatment Tuesday morning.

Thulin was charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit assault and first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault.

Thulin is now facing the same charges as 18-year-old Natalie Carpenter. Investigators said Carpenter had a journal where she outlined her violent plans to hide out inside selected schools, take students hostage and kill them.

Investigators are calling Thulin a co-defendant in a planned attack on two high schools in Stratford and Danbury.

During his arraignment at Bantam Superior Court, it was stated Thulin "has mental health and substance abuse issues." 

"Miss Carpenter, her liability and involvement is much greater than Mr. Thulin's," Thulin's attorney said in court. "Allegations are that co-defendant is the one obsessed with Columbine."

Court papers describe Carpenter as the mastermind behind the violent plot.

Residents of a group home the two had lived at in Torrington told staffers Carpenter and Thulin were "planning on traveling to Danbury High School and shooting it up like Columbine."

Carpenter allegedly believed doing so would make her famous and Thulin agreed.

Surveillance video showed Thulin following Carpenter into Tactical Arms in town, where she allegedly inquired about two shotguns. Without the proper permits, employees here wouldn't even allow her to handle them.

Police said Carpenter was not able to purchase a firearm at the local Walmart.

After watching that Columbine school shooting video on Youtube, a witness told police "Carpenter and Thulin agreed the shooting would be cool and once the movie ended they reenacted different scenarios." The witness went on to say the two "entered rooms and pretended to order people on the floor."

Carpenter told police she was bullied as a student in Stratford and investigators said that bullying may have been a motive for the incident.

Thulin told police it was all a big joke and claims Carpenter wasn't capable of committing a crime like Columbine.

Stratford Superintendent Janet Robinson, who was the superintendent at Newtown at the time of the Sandy Hook school shooting, said the school is "relieved" that police made the arrests.

"We are so grateful that they could not buy the weapons they wanted due to the new gun legislation that required a waiting period and background, so that postponed their being able to carry out their plans," Robinson said in a statement Tuesday.

If he makes his $200,000 bail, Thulin has to go to the Composite House in Hartford and isn't allowed to enter any school property or possess any weapons.

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