ADL Applauds Law Enforcement for Thwarting Columbine-Style Attack in Kansas
Omaha, Nebraska, February 6, 2001 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
expressed shock at a plot to carry out a "Columbine-style" attack on a
high school in Hoyt, Kansas, and commended law enforcement for their swift
action that led to the arrest of three teen-agers and confiscation of
Police say they found firearms, 400 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making
materials and a hand-drawn floor plan of the Royal Valley High School at the
homes of two of the students. Police also found white supremacist literature and
black trench coats similar to those worn by the gunmen involved in the Columbine
High School massacre in April 1999.
Bob Wolfson, Plains States Regional Director of the ADL, issued the following
The plan for violence, the capability to deliver such an attack and the
presence of symbols of hate including swastikas is a combination that should
send a chill up the spine of all Americans. We know what happens when hate
comes to town and we know that no town is exempt from hatred and threats of
But there are steps that can be taken to make sure early signals are
noticed and that we all stand up against these threats. We are thankful for
the response of law enforcement and the courage of a student to come forward
and report the bomb-making activity to authorities. It is only through
standing up against this type of activity that worse tragedies are averted.
We will be reaching out to every corner of the community to offer our
experience in dealing with the growth of hate and the steps necessary to
educate about what happens when hate goes unchecked. ADL is prepared to
assist the schools and the community at large in fashioning proactive
responses to this type of threat.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.