SANTA ANA, Calif. — A California university professor who was arrested on arson charges wrote in an email that he was thinking of getting a dozen machine guns and shooting at least 200 students at his late son’s high school, according to court papers obtained Wednesday.
UC Irvine pharmaceutical sciences professor Rainer Reinscheid was upset after his teenage son hanged himself in an Irvine park in March after the boy had been disciplined by the assistant principal at University High School, prosecutors said.
Copies of emails were filed in Orange County Superior Court and obtained by The Associated Press.
In the messages that prosecutors say Reinscheid sent to himself and to his wife, he wrote how he wanted to shoot school administrators before killing himself. Authorities found no evidence that he tried to carry out the alleged plot.
Prosecutors filed the emails to get the 48-year-old professor held without bail…
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