Florida judge draws town’s wrath over school violence case

  • In this Oct. 16, 2019 photo, Baker County Sheriff’s Maj. Randy Crews and Angela Callahan speak, outside at Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Fla., They share concern about a judge’s decision to dismiss second-degree felony charges against a 15-year-old who had written a six-plan describing a massacre at the county’s only high school. Each has a child attending Baker County High School. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

  • In this Oct. 17, 2019 photo, the Rev. Tommy Richardson, who serves as the chaplain for the sheriff’s department, poses in Baker County, Fla. Richardson says his community is a forgiving place. Some Baker County residents express compassion for a teenager who wrote a school shooting plan and says he is in need of help. They are showing less mercy for a judge who released him without requiring mental health services, saying she failed their community and the boy she spared. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

  • In this Oct. 17, 2019 photo, buses depart from Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Fla. Unease spread across Baker County when authorities arrested a 15-year-old who they say planned a massacre at the county’s only high school. Anger grew when a judge dismissed second-degree felony charges against the boy.(AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

MACCLENNY, Fla. — Anxieties multiplied quickly across Baker County, a mostly rural community of 28,000 in northern Florida, when news spread that a 15-year-old had planned a massacre at the county’s only high school.

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