Three New Bedford, Mass., high school students were arrested Nov. 24 for allegedly plotting what police said was a Columbine-like murder spree at their school. Law enforcement officials said their use of techniques developed after the 1999 killings at Columbine High School might well have averted a similar tragedy in this coastal city of 100,000 residents. The students were arrested at their homes after a janitor found a letter Nov. 20 outlining their plans to detonate explosives, shoot students as they fled the school, then kill themselves when police arrived. Police seized bomb-making instructions, knives,


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