Crime & Justice

2 teens who allegedly plotted South Pasadena school shooting admit threats

This file photo shows South Pasadena High School. Two students who allegedly plotted a shooting there last August appeared in court on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and each admitted to one felony count of making criminal threats.
This file photo shows South Pasadena High School. Two students who allegedly plotted a shooting there last August appeared in court on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and each admitted to one felony count of making criminal threats.
Mary Plummer

Two teenage boys who allegedly plotted a mass shooting at their Los Angeles-area high school have admitted to making criminal threats.

Prosecutors say the teens, who are now 17 and 18 years old, appeared in Pasadena Juvenile Court Wednesday. Each admitted to one felony count of making criminal threats — not against their school but against another teen with whom they'd allegedly shared their plans.

They were ordered placed on probation at their homes.

Authorities alleged that last August, the two worked on a plan to attack South Pasadena High School in order to kill three staffers and as many students as possible.

The pair didn't have any weapons and hadn't set an attack date but police say they had researched automatic firearms, handguns, knives, explosives and tactics.