January 24, 2003
Posted at: 10:00 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Three days of Internet conversations with a New York City teenager in which he detailed using homemade bombs and guns to kill people at his high school moved 17-year-old Lauren Hess of Wynne to notify police.
In an interview with the Associated Press Friday, Hess detailed what led her to notify authorities in the case.
The Wynne High School student's three-page letter culminated in the arrest of 17-year-old Lukasz Lagucik today in New York City. Lagucik is an honors student at a Queens high school and is charged with making a terror threat and faces up to seven years in prison.
Hess said Lagucik told her he was sick of his fellow students teasing him and wanted to carry out an attack similar to the massacre at Columbine High School four years ago.
She said he started talking about how it was going to be so much fun to go in the school and shoot all those innocent people.
Hess said Lagucik would often quote Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the gunmen at Columbine.
Hess' mothers says she is concerned about her daughter telling her story, but that it's important that students step forward with information for authorities.
Wynne police chief Mike Bachand said Hess did the right thing and called her a hero.