COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A judge denied a request to set bond for one of two 13-year-old boys linked to an alleged “kill list” at a Colorado middle school.

The Gazette reports Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller on Monday ordered that the teen remain in custody, citing fears for the public’s safety.

The two teens from Sabin Middle School in Colorado Springs have been held at Spring Creek Youth Services Center since early October when police say they found evidence the two were plotting to shoot students and staff.

Attorneys for the boys have argued they were bullied and “venting” or “puffing” by exploring violent fantasies they had no intention of pursuing.

Both teens will return to court June 26 for a preliminary hearing.

Information from: The Gazette,