| News |

Joshua Hoggan met with Columbine's Frank DeAngelis before school-bombing-plot bust

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Most local news outlets aren't using the name of the sixteen-year-old Utah student who met with Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis a month before being arrested, along with eighteen-year-old Dallin Morgan, in an alleged plot to blow up their high school. But Utah media is identifying him as Joshua Hoggan, whose Twitter feed, which dubs him "Heil Hoggan," is filled with intriguing messages.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by KSL-TV, Hoggan and Morgan planned to explode a device at a Roy High School assembly, the idea being to maximize the destruction, and the body count.

Hoggan is said to have sent one friend a text that read, "If I tell you one day not to go to school, make damn sure you and (name redacted) are not there." He added, "Dallin is on on it. He wants revenge on the world, too."

Another text reportedly read: "I've just been kinda planning my get back at the world thing and I figured if you had anyone you wanted revenge on, I could see if I have anything planned."

The affidavit also claims that Hoggan dismissed Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold because they'd accomplished only about 1 percent of their homicidal goals. He planned to do much better.

As for Hoggan's tweets, many of them seem benign, including this one:

I *really* need to cut my caffeine intake...
Nov 13 11 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

There's also a re-tweet from presidential candidate Mitt Romney praising the United States Marine Corps. And numerous posts display a sense of humor. Take this one:

Apparently I'm a conceited humorous asshole. Oh wait, I already knew that.
Nov 07 11 via TweetCaster for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

In retrospect, though, it's tempting to read a larger subtext into tweets such as this one:

I know I'm a fuck up, but I didn't know I was that bad.
Oct 28 11 via TweetCaster for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

And this note would provide plenty of grist for Freudians:

I've been privileged to have many lost souls flock to me, but I've been damned with the curse of not having a solid foundation of my own.
Regarding the visit to Columbine, the affidavit places the date at December 12, while DeAngelis says it happened on December 15. According to DeAngelis, the conversation was mostly about healing and moving on -- darkly ironic topics if the theory held by law enforcement is true.

DeAngelis now says he's going to be much more cautious about such meetings. Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that while Hoggan and Morgan had blueprints and plans, including a scheme to escape using a plane, they had not yet obtained explosives. As such, the plot appears to have been foiled in a very preliminary stage.

Look below to see a mug shot of Morgan, a photo of Hoggan and a video package by 9News.

Follow and like the Michael Roberts/Westword Facebook page.

More from our Media archive: "Is the media focusing too much on principal Frank DeAngelis in regard to the Columbine anniversary?"

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.