Santa Ana, CA - A California professor, grief-stricken over the recent suicide of his high school son, was allegedly plotting a rampage at the high school where his son attended, planning to kill teachers and administrators before burning down the building.
Rainer Reinscheid, a professor at the University of California for the last 12 years, has been charged with setting five fires on the campus of University High School, in Mason Park Preserve, and at a school administrator’s home. It was after he was released on bond that investigators found these fires may have been the beginning of a much more sinister plot.
They say that e-mails found on Reinscheid’s cell phone contained a detailed mass murder plot against University High School.
“He is accused of writing a graphic, detailed emails,” Orange County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz told MyFoxLA.com, ”In which he laid out plans to purchase guns, murder unnamed students and named administrators, burn the school to the ground, commit acts of sexual assault and kill himself.”
Investigators say the motive may have been revenge against the people he felt responsible for his 14-year-old son’s suicide in March. Reinsheid believed that the suicide was a direct result of disciplinary actions the high school took against his son after the teen was caught stealing from the student store. Soon after being given trash pick-up duties, the teen was found dead in the Mason Park Preserve. The official cause of death was asphyxiation due to hanging by suicide.
School officials did not connect Reinscheid to the arson fire at the University High administrator’s home until after Reinscheid’s most recent arrest. Officer’s had stepped up patrols after the series of recent fires and caught Reinscheid as he tried to start another fire at the park preserve where his son died.
“Based on the location and nature of the arsons, we believe Reinscheid was specifically targeting the people and places he believed were related to his son’s discipline,” Orange County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.
He posted $50,000 bail the same day and was released. When police began to examine his phone records three days later, they found some quite disturbing emails Reinscheid had sent to himself and to his wife. Reinschied had allegedly planned to acquire firearms to kill students, administrators, commit rape, burn down the school and then kill himself.
The professor was arrested again and is now being held, at the request of prosecutors, without bail.
“The emails by themselves do not support a criminal charge but they do support our argument that he should be denied bail because he’s dangerous” Emami said.
I know that kids can be emotional in their teens but I just can’t wrap my head around a child killing themselves because of some lame punishment handed out by the school. It was mentioned in several comments on OCRegister.com that the boy was a victim of bullying, but Irvine police say they didn’t find any evidence to support the claims.Tags: Arson, Bullying, California, Crime, Mass Murder, Rainer Reinscheid, school, Suicide