Two schoolboys who plotted to kill fellow pupils and teachers after being inspired by the Columbine massacre have been named for the first time by a judge, who said the school failed to take their complaints of bullying seriously.

As Thomas Wyllie and Alex Bolland, both 15, were detained for 12 and 10 years respectively for plotting to use stolen guns and homemade bombs to take revenge on a “kill list” of targets, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said the boys’ mindset was affected by the failure to stop bullies.

The boys, who were 14 when they planned the attack, denied conspiracy to murder, claiming that their plot to kill pupils at the school in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, was a “fantasy”. The police, however, said that the…

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