Girl sentenced in Maryland school shooting plot

Girl sentenced in Maryland school shooting plot

Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

Back in March 2017, 18-year-old Nicole Cevario was arrested for plotting a school shooting against Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland. This wasn’t just some teenage girl fantasizing about shooting up her school either. As you can see in the above photo, police seized a shotgun and several pipe bombs made by Cervaio. Cervaio had legally purchased the shotgun.

What made this story different from the scores of the other would-be school shooters out there is that Cervaio is female. A female school shooter is largely an anomaly and Cervaio wanted to be the first female school shooter. According to her journal…

“By definition, a school shooter has to be attending the school they target at the time of the attack, and I haven’t found a single woman who has fulfilled that criteria,” the passage reads in part, according to Nicole Ann Cevario’s charging documents. “Guess it’s meant to be me. Yes, I know it’s meant to be me. This is what I’m supposed to do. Maybe not with my life, but with my death.”

“… It just really hit me this afternoon,” Cevario wrote in one passage, according to the charging documents. “I realize [sic] I was going to die surrounded by people I hate in a building I hate.”

She also wrote about the shooters at Columbine and Sandy Hook noting the ‘mistakes’ those shooters had made.

Since Cervaio was 18 at the time of her arrest, there was no question about trying her as an adult.

Earlier today, Cervaio pleaded guilty to possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Is that a long enough sentence for a girl who wanted nothing more than to be the first female mass killer, or is two decades in prison more than enough justice for the crime she committed and the lives she put in danger?

UPDATE 2/4/2018: Cervaio was also sentenced to be held in a secure psychiatric facility until her 21st birthday in order to get her mental healthcare help and to assist in her transition to adult prison.

Additional details released in Maryland girl’s school shooting plot

Additional details released in Maryland girl's school shooting plot

Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

18-year-old Nicole Cevario was released from the hospital today and was arrested and held without bond for her alleged plot to attack Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland.

Police have also released additional details from her journal, including the receipt for the shotgun she purchased. In Maryland, you only need to be 18 to purchase and own a shotgun, and there are no background checks. In short, the weapon was legally purchased. While I don’t believe that more gun control would prevent school shootings selling a shotgun to a high school student seems wrong in this day and age.

What’s even more disturbing than that, were the passages from her journal that were released. It seemed she really was set on being the first female school shooter…

“By definition, a school shooter has to be attending the school they target at the time of the attack, and I haven’t found a single woman who has fulfilled that criteria,” the passage reads in part, according to Nicole Ann Cevario’s charging documents. “Guess it’s meant to be me. Yes, I know it’s meant to be me. This is what I’m supposed to do. Maybe not with my life, but with my death.”

While she may have been the first female school shooter if she had succeeded, her reasoning seemed to be the same old song and dance of every other shooter and would-be shooter.

“… It just really hit me this afternoon,” Cevario wrote in one passage, according to the charging documents. “I realize [sic] I was going to die surrounded by people I hate in a building I hate.”

In my opinion, it seems that Cevario was just another in a long list of cretins who thought they were better than everyone else for whatever reason, and the only way to solve their own inadequacies was through violence. To put it bluntly, she’d be far from first on a list of cowardly losers.

UPDATE 4/21/2017: Cevario has been indicted on charges of possession of explosive material and incendiary material, both with the intent to create a destructive device.

UPDATE 7/24/2017: This past Thursday, Cevario was ruled competent to stand trial.

Maryland girl wanted to be first female mass shooter

Maryland girl wanted to be first female mass shooter

Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

In a follow-up to my initial post on alleged school shooting plotter Nicole Cevario, more details have been released about her supposed motivation in wanting to attack Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office released details of Cevario’s journal, in which she reportedly said that she would be the first female mass shooter. In my previous post, I pondered if Cevario was a columbiner, which means someone who is a fan of school shootings. Back in the day, I used to call them mutants since they are a mutation of society, but the internet has dubbed them as columbiners which is a more press friendly word. As it turns out, she was more than likely a columbiner as she spoke of both Columbine and Sandy Hook in her journal, allegedly detailing the ‘mistakes’ those cowards made.

One ‘mistake’ she made was waiting until she was 18 before being arrested. In most of these cases it’s debated if the suspect should be tried as an adult. If found guilty she will probably be sentenced to a lengthy prison stay. My only worry is that she will go on to inspire other females to pick up where she was thwarted. As I’ve said before, females tend to be accomplices rather than shooters themselves. Here’s hoping we don’t start seeing a reversal in that trend.

18-year-old girl charged in Maryland school shooting plot

18-year-old girl charged in Maryland school shooting plot

Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

Back when this site was called TheTrenchcoat Chronicles, I would post about virtually every school shooting plot that resulted in criminal charges. I don’t do that anymore for a few reasons. The first is time. Since I focus on crimes other than school violence, I’m not afforded the time to post about every single one. Another reason is that I don’t want to give the attention that a lot of these kids are craving. Lastly, most of these plots never make it past what I call the ‘journal’ stage, meaning that they’ve written about it, but have yet to obtain any weapons. Recently, one such plotter was arrested for allegedly making it well past the journal stage.

Last week, police in Thurmont, Maryland, arrested 18-year-old Nicole Cevario for allegedly plotting an attack against Catoctin High School. I mention the journal because it was her father discovering a detailed journal that caused him to call police. Stop the presses and declare a national holiday because we have a parent here doing their actual job.

When police investigated the home they discovered a shotgun, ammunition and several ingredients used in making improvised explosive devices, such as pipes with end caps, nails, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse materials. Cevario reportedly planned to carry out the attack on April 5th. The significance of that particular date is unknown at this time, but police have said that they believe that Cevario intended to end her life that day after committing the attack. Investigators have also said that they don’t believe bullying was an issue but no other motive has been discussed at this time. She is currently being held for a psychiatric evaluation. No word yet on if she is a columbiner, but I wouldn’t be surprised as columbiners tend to skew towards being female, in my experience.

This story is sort of an odd duck. While it’s not unheard of for a female student to help plan a school shooting, they’re usually either accessories with a co-conspirator, or they never make it past the journal or hit list stage. Not only is this the first time I can remember a solo female would-be school shooter, it’s also the first time I’ve seen a female have so many weapons collected all on her own. If not for her father, she may very well have been the first female school shooter in a very long time.

Again, what a thought, parents actually parenting and not living in a constant state of denial. It’s amazing how that works sometimes. It can literally save lives.
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