Colo. Student’s 2015 School Shooting Plot Revealed

The teen’s journal was used by investigators to uncover the school shooting plan.

The details of a student’s school shooting plot were released by a Colorado judge Jan. 6 after being kept private by investigators for more than a year.

District Judge Paul A. King released the arrest affidavit of 17-year-old Brooke Higgins, who pled guilty to solicitation of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in December, according to

Higgins wrote in her journal that she wanted “to shoot people around her before killing herself” in an attack at Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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Higgins and a classmate planned to carry out the shooting on Dec. 17, 2015, the final day of classes before the holiday break, but later moved the attack to the following month because they couldn’t get a gun.

Higgins reportedly planned to kill her mother and sister before going to the school to commit the shooting. Higgins also wrote in her journal that she was sad and tired “of everything and the only path with hope is one with evil, chaos and destruction.”

Higgins and her accomplice, 17-year-old Sienna Johnson, were both originally charged as adults before a judge moved Higgins’ case to juvenile court. Johnson still faces two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Higgins is set to be sentenced Feb. 8 to three years in the Department of Youth Corrections for the first felony charge. Following that sentence, Higgins will face four years of “deferred judgment” for the second felony charge. If she stays out of trouble in that time, the conviction would be wiped from her record.

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