We wrote about this sad story earlier in the week. It’s just so tragic.

Last week, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, was arrested along with four other people in a raid on the squalid compound in New Mexico they were calling “home.” But according to prosecutors, they had actually taken the children there to train them to carry out school shootings.

Not only were loaded firearms found at the compound but trip hazards, woods with nails sticking up, broken glass, bottles, and open trenches littered the property.

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Kids were being trained for school shootings, prosecutors say

The five suspects accused of abusing 11 children at a New Mexico compound were training them to commit school shootings, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The foster parent of one of the children has said that Wahhaj “had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings.” And as a result of that, “he faces another investigation for teaching ‘the use, application or making of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death’ with the intention that the knowledge be used unlawfully — which is classed as a felony.”1

With these serious charges against Wahhaj and his co-defendants, “if they were to ‘be released from custody, there is a substantial likelihood defendants may commit new crimes due to their planning and preparation for future school shootings,’ according to the court filings.”2

Three women believed to be the mothers of the 11 children found at the compound were also arrested in Friday’s raid along with another man, Lucas Morten, and charged with child abuse.3

Sources and References

  1. CNN, August 9, 2018.
  2. ABC News, August 8, 2018.
  3. CNN, August 9, 2018.