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Topeka teen accused of planning school shooting

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© District Attorney Chad Taylor says the teen was planning to shoot two administrators at Topeka West High School, a Topeka police officer and a school police officer working at the high school. (The Topeka Capital-Journal) © District Attorney Chad Taylor says the teen was planning to shoot two administrators at Topeka West High School, a Topeka police officer and a school police officer working at the high school. (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
Brendan Steven Moore, 17, was charged Wednesday with four counts of soliciting first-degree murder. Brendan Steven Moore, 17, was charged Wednesday with four counts of soliciting first-degree murder.
TOPEKA, KS (KCTV/AP) -

A Topeka teenager is charged with four felonies in what the Shawnee County District Attorney calls a planned school shooting.

Brendan Steven Moore, 17, was charged Wednesday with four counts of soliciting first-degree murder.

District Attorney Chad Taylor says the teen was planning to shoot administrators at the school.

"This was a student who was orchestrating an attempt to terminate the lives of two law enforcement officers and two administrators inside of Topeka West High School," he said.

According to court documents, on Dec. 12 Moore requested help from three others to kill two vice principals and two law enforcement officers who work at the school. Police said they got a tip about it and immediately put a stop to the threat.

As their investigation continued for the next 40 days, court documents say the teen was out of the county, although authorities won't say where.

Taylor says the teenager was arrested Tuesday evening outside Topeka. He had a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Students at Topeka West High School said the student arrested is a class clown with a small group of friends. They said he has made threats in the past, but no one took him seriously until now.

"He would joke around. He'd laugh and say he's going to blow this school up. He'd joke around. No one would take him seriously about it. But now someone has taken him seriously. Yeah. It's pretty scary," said senior Sara Stewart.

Authorities credit the tipster for stopping what could have been a real tragedy.

"We had no way of knowing unless someone told law enforcement. That's why I am trying to deliver the message today that is so important. Which is, ‘If you believe you know of a kid who is acting erratically, talking about stuff that's way out of the norm of what they should be talking about, to let law enforcement know,'" Taylor said.

Students KCTV5 spoke with said they understand what they say can have serious consequences.

"Think before you say. Take it more seriously. You are putting your life and future on the line. He's going to be in jail for a long time for this even if it was just a joke," Stewart said.

Moore is being charged as a juvenile but Taylor says he'll seek to have him tried as an adult. His bond was set at $1 million.

Taylor said Moore is the only person facing charges and that there were no other co-conspirators involved. The teen's family had no comment.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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